25 July 2017

News Story: Philippines' Duterte unveils plan to beef up army, police

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he will beef up the country's military and police force to meet "the future threats coming our way from within and outside the country."

He also bared the Philippines' plan to buy at least two spy planes and "lots" of high-altidute drones that the security forces can use against the extremists and other insurgents.

"I will build a credible armed force that can fight at all fronts everywhere. I really do not know how many (enemies) will sprout up, but we have the ISIS and the NPAs," Duterte told a news conference after delivering his second State of the Nation Address before a joint congress, referring to the IS militants and the New People's Army rebels.

He said the Philippine government needs to recruit up to 40,000 new soldiers to "replace and to strengthen" the military force.

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