Duterte terminates Canada chopper deal

Duterte terminates Canada chopper deal

Duterte terminates Canada chopper deal

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

"The president's troubling comments only underscore the confusion and contradictions that have emerged recently on the intended end use of the helicopters", said a spokesperson for Champagne on Friday.

"I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not to buy anymore (military equipment) from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached", Duterte said during the course of a press conference in Davao City.

His remark came after the Canadian government ordered Wednesday, February 7, to review the helicopter deal amid concerns that the aircraft could be used against local insurgents.

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Canada has sold 16 combat utility helicopters worth $185 million to the Philippines air force.

Duterte said his country has the right to deploy the helicopters as it wishes."Invariably (these helicopters) will be used against the rebels and terrorists".

"I hope that we will never be called upon to use arms in their defense or for them. We are neutral", Duterte said, without making clear if he was referring to Canada or the USA, his country's treaty ally, or both. "He is a good president".

But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also raised concerns about extrajudicial killings while visiting the country in November, specifically those related to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's violent crackdown on illegal drugs. "He is doing it also for his country, people just don't understand him".

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The two governments announced the deal less than three months after Duterte and Trudeau clashed.

Philippine troops and police, beset by Islamist and communist insurgencies, fought a five-month battle previous year against Islamic State group supporters in the southern city of Marawi.

Duterte, who has overseen a crackdown that is said to have left almost 4,000 drug suspects dead, described Trudeau's comments as "a personal and official insult".

"There are many massacres now, in all parts of Asia ... and I'm the one you want to hit", Duterte said.

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