Duterte: Do not expect me to purchase arms from U.S.

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President Rodrigo Duterte. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) — President Rodrigo Duterte said the United States should not expect the Philippines to get into any arms and military equipment deals with them amid their threats to sanction countries engaging in trade with Russia.

In a speech before government forces Thursday evening, the President added the U.S. was also against the Philippines trading with China.

"Pagka bumili ka sa [If you purchase from] China o maybe Russia, magsali ka sa [you will join the] (arms) embargo, you cannot trade with America. So para kang inipit doon sa ano. Eh sabi ko naman sa [I told] --- your superiors and the civilian leaders, with that kind of arrangement, do not expect me to buy arms from the United States," Duterte said.

Instead, the Philippines will look to allies from Israel and South Korea to supply arms, Duterte added.

"I will not agree to buy. Pangit tingnan. Hindi maganda. [It looks bad.] It does not sit well with the Filipino na ganunin ka tapos pasunod-sunod ka na lang [that they will do something like that and you will just follow]," he said.

But Duterte clarified he is not mad at the United States, saying they started it with the sanctions and the heavy criticism against his administration's war on drugs.

Duterte's statements come a month after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that government is eyeing the purchase of 16 U.S.-made Sikorsky Black Hawk combat utility helicopters worth $240 million.

U.S. President Donald Trump on August 2017 signed a law levying new sanctions on countries and entities engaging in transactions with Russia's defense and intelligence agencies.

Trump signed the law in light of Russia's occupation and annexation of the Crimea peninsula, as well as allegations for interfering in the U.S. 2016 presidential elections.