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Philippines - 2 F-5 fighter jets and patrol boats from South Korean Government (05 Jun 03)

On her state visit to Seoul, President Arroyo received two used F-5 fighter planes with patrol boats in addition to other military equipment. South Korea referred to the donations as a "debt of gratitude" to the Philippines for sending troops during the Korean War in the 1950s.

President Arroyo was in Seoul to discuss with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun regarding matters on the "denuclearization" of North Korea and factors relating to regional security. The defence offers came at the conclusion of the talks.

The military aid was voluntary on the part of the South Koreans as it was not included in the talking points. However, the Philippine military expressed gratefulness at the unexpected assistance.