CIA no longer required in the Philippines.

The Philippines faces the threat of ISIS so it is not surprising the President and the Army want the latest battle-proven anti-terrorist equipment, which mostly happens to be Russian.
There is more to it than that, of course, as Duterte rightly believes that the ISIS attack on his country is sponsored by the CIA.  US military operations in Syria showed a remarkable tendency to kill regime troops and civilians and assist the terrorists.  Why should Duterte trust the US in the Philippines?  He’s from Mindanao where the threat of Moslem terror has been activated on many occasions.  Local suspicions are that the FBI/CIA are playing a double role there, pretending to be carrying out the anti-terror role but secretly funding, supplying and directing the terrorists.
The double game can’t go on forever without people noticing that the supposed arsenal of democracy is in fact the arsenal of the terrorists.  Trump wants to break the pattern, but he’s been sidelined in Washington.  The Philippines media is divided, some supporting Duterte (GMA) while ABS/CBN is clearly operating against him.  So far he still has a 70% plus approval rating.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to the Philippine Army Scout Rangers at their headquarters at Camp Tecson in San Miguel township, north of Manila, Philippines Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Turning Away From US, Philippines Plans to Buy Russian Weapons This Year

The Philippines intends to buy small arms from Russia before the end of the year and plans to discuss the details in Moscow, Defense Undersecretary Raymundo DV Elefante told Sputnik on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The news comes amid a political rift between the Philippines and the US, its traditional supplier of weapons.

“In Moscow we will discuss in detail what [small arms] we will be buying by the end of the this year. We already have budget intended for that,” Elefante said on the sidelines of the Army-2017 expo.

The official added that the representatives of the Southeast Asian nation would hold a number of meetings with the Russian officials on the issue.

During his visit to Russia in May to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte expressed Manila’s interest in advanced Russian weapons, including helicopters, planes, as well as precision-guided weapons to help combat the terror threat. According to the country’s ambassador, the Philippines could sign a series of arms delivery contracts with Russia by the end of the year.

The country has shown intertest in Russia’s anti-terror equipment amid the ongoing operation against a Daesh-linked terrorist group.Until now there have been no agreements on military cooperation between the Philippines and Russia, since Manila has traditionally acquired weapons from the United States.

Philippines Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said earlier that the acquisition of US arms had become problematic since Washington was hampering this issue, imposing a number of conditions on Manila.

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