Philip­pines’ pres­i­dent can­cels US ri­fle or­der

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Fire­brand Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said yes­ter­day he would can­cel an or­der for about 27,000 Amer­i­can-made as­sault ri­fles, in his lat­est dis­play of de­fi­ance against the United States. The ri­fles were due to be pro­vided to the Philip­pine po­lice but Duterte said he would look for cheaper al­ter­na­tives. “The (ri­fles) that were or­dered al­ready, I am or­der­ing the po­lice to can­cel it. We’ll just have to look for an­other source that is cheaper and maybe as durable and as good,” Duterte said. The sta­tus of the or­der had be­come cloudy over the past week af­ter the Philip­pine me­dia re­ported the US gov­ern­ment would not de­liver the weapons be­cause of con­cerns about Duterte’s war on drugs and other crime, which has claimed more than 4,100 lives in four months. Duterte’s spokesman said last week those re­ports were not ac­cu­rate, and the US arms would be de­liv­ered as promised. But the pres­i­dent also made com­ments last week which ap­peared to in­di­cate he be­lieved the Amer­i­cans had can­celled the planned de­liv­ery.

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte

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