President Rodrigo Duterte received an unexpected gift from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during his visit this week.
According to Special Assistant to President Christopher “Bong” Go, Jordan decided to donate two Cobra helicopters to the Philippines.
Go said that the helicopters will be turned over to the Philippine government in 2019 after the training of Filipino pilots.
According to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Cobra helicopter costs US$18 million (968-M PHP).
Esperon also said that there’s a possibility that Jordan will donate armored tankers and sniper rifles to enhance Philippines’ defense capabilities.
Jordan also donated mortars, rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as a gift to ensure the good relationship with the Philippines.
The confirmation about the donation came after the Philippines and Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Defense Cooperation between the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army and the Department of National Defense of the Philippines.
Duterte is the first Filipino President to visit Jordan and he met King Abdullah II.
Last year, Defense website ‘MaxDefense’ Philippines already wrote an article about the possibility that the country will receive a Cobra Helicopter from Jordan.
In the article, it said that “Jordan offered to donate 2 used Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines”
Jordan gave a nice gift to the Philippines despite President Duterte’s criticism against one of its Prince, United Nation Human Rights high commissioner Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Husein.
“Just like the Commission and the prince that heads it. I don’t want to insult him dahil meron tayong ongoing negotiations. He is not even an accountable officer. He’s in a monarchical state. What do you think would be in his mind?” Duterte said.
“Ito ‘yung mga prince, ito ‘yung mga people who are not elected and who are not familiar with the democratic rules.”