Duterte does not want F-16s; wants choppers and COIN aircraft.

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    Duterte says buying US F-16 jets 'utterly useless'
    Jim Gomez (Associated Press)
    August 24, 2018 - 3:55pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president is opposing an offer by the U.S. defense chief and other top American officials to buy F-16 fighter jets, saying such an acquisition would be "utterly useless" because his country needs lighter combat aircraft to fight insurgents.

    President Rodrigo Duterte scoffed Thursday night at the offer he said was made in a letter by Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, which came after he was slammed by the U.S. for his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.

    After he took office in mid-2016, Duterte immediately took steps to revive once-frosty relations with China while often taking an antagonistic stance toward U.S. security policies. He had lashed out at former President Barack Obama, who raised concerns over human rights under Duterte. The Philippine leader, however, has cozied up to President Donald Trump.

    Link -> https://www.philstar.com/headlines/...f-16-jets-utterly-useless#YUFVDyoEUwJvlTxO.99