Philippines has decided to accept firearms offer from China which will be payable over 25 years, President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday.
"China is pressing me on the firearms, which are already there. I'll accept them. They're rushing it," Duterte was quoted as saying by AP. Duterte further said that he'll ask his defense secretary to send military officials to China to receive the firearms.
Philippines is also considering purchasing sniper rifles from Russia. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Philippine army and marines would undertake a study to see whether a deal could be forged.
Philippines has turned to other countries for defense equipment as it is struggling to modernize its underfunded military in recent years, after its fall out with Obama Administration.