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Senators urged not to buy second-hand military equipment

Manila, Philippines - Two senators are urging the government not to buy 2nd hand military equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP).

Senator JV Ejercito said he wanted to make sure that the Department of National Defense (DND) would buy brand new military equipment as he vowed to review all the supply contracts of the DND and the AFP.

Ejercito also wants to resume its investigation into the alleged anomalous P1.2 billion helicopter deal which the DND entered into with joint venture of Rice Aircraft Inc. (RAC) of the United States and Eagle Copter of Canada in 2012.

The DND, according to reports, was able to acquire only seven units while the AFP had only one, as they were forced to stop the negotiation on the supposed purchase of 21 refurbished helicopters.

Instead, the Philippine Air Force acquired new Bell 412 helicopters.

"We were not able to finish the investigation but since there was no committee report yet, I think the Senate can reopen this issue which will clearly send a message that anomalous deals will be scrutinized. Hindi po natin ito palulusutin lalo at nangyayari ito sa mga refurbished equipment," Ejercito said.

The move is supported by Sergio Osmena III, saying that the second-hand military equipment can put the lives of our Filipino soldiers at risk.

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