Duterte orders halt to purchases of Canada choppers, United States weapons

Duterte orders halt to purchases of Canada choppers, United States weapons

"They will be used to transport personnel, supplies, humanitarian missions, ferrying of wounded, injured soldiers and other forms of humanitarian assistance and disaster response", Roque said.

According to Canada's Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, the said deal struck in 2012 agreed that the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions.

"If I can not use the gunship, the helicopter, then I might as well surrender this government to [the rebels]".

Earlier, Canada ordered a review of the deal and expressed concern the helicopters might be used to fight rebels and drug smugglers.

On Tuesday, the Philippines through Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana formally signed with Canadian Commercial Corporation, to purchase 16 helicopters.

The Filipino politician made the statement after Canada ordered a review of the multi-billion dollar deal.

"I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal, and somehow we will look for another supplier", Duterte said.

They accuse President Rodrigo Duterte of human rights abuses and carrying out unlawful killings amid his anti-drug campaign.

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Philippines Major-General Restituto Padilla had said the helicopters would be used for the internal security operations against communist and Islamist rebels. "The reason I'm buying helicopters is because I want to finish them off".

"(Canada government) said they will only sell (the helicopters) but only for evacuation and emergency.

The Filipino military also uses derivations of the Bell-UH-1H helicopter, which first saw service for the United States military in the Vietnam War in the early 1960s.

"We are going to make sure, before this deal or any other deal goes through, that we are abiding by the rules and the expectations", he said.

The Liberal government has previously been criticized for approving arms exports to countries with questionable human-rights records, most notably the massive deal for light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

Trudeau said during the November summit that he called out Duterte over "human rights, the rule of law, and specifically extrajudicial killings". It became an issue of human rights, as Canada is afraid the 412s would be used against Filipino citizens.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the latter's drug-war comments.

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