Duterte: Jordan to donate 2 attack helicopters to the Philippines

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  • President Duterte said that the country Jordan will give two Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines
  • The donation would go on even after Duterte lambasted the member of the Middle Eastern nation’s royal family who urged him to seek psychiatric help
  • “Jordan is giving us two Cobra helicopters. Those things we cannot really afford maybe in my term,” Duterte said in a speech

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that the country Jordan will give two Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines.

Duterte said in a speech during the 120th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Navy:Jordan is giving us two Cobra helicopters. Those things we cannot really afford maybe in my term.”

Duterte admitted that he was advised by Hermogenes Esperon Jr., his National Security Adviser, not to curse United Nations (UN) human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein because the Philippines was in the process of acquiring the attack choppers.

But even after Duterte lambasted the member of the Middle Eastern nation’s royal family who urged him to seek psychiatric help, the President said the Philippines would still be receiving the choppers.

Zeid is a prince of Jordan, a country which is under a constitutional monarchy.

In March, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition in court that accuses a Filipina special rapporteur of terrorism and alleged membership in the communist guerilla movement, which prompted Zeid to ask Duterte to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

In response, Duterte criticized Zeid’s background as a person coming from a country which he said did not have a democratic mandate.

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