February 18th, 2018

Duterte orders Canadian helicopters, U.S. arms purchases stopped

By The Associated Press on February 9, 2018.

The Philippine president has ordered the cancellation of a deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and says purchases of U.S. arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions, although he says he still supports U.S. President Donald Trump. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Honeylet Avancena as he arrives at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, Philippines Sunday November 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in the ASEAN family photo in Manila, Philippines Sunday November 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine president has ordered the cancellation of a deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and says purchases of U.S. arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions, although he says he still supports U.S. President Donald Trump.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s order, issued in a news conference today, came after the Canadian government decided to review the $300-million helicopter deal due to concerns the Philippine military might use the utility helicopters in counterinsurgency assaults.

Duterte says, “I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal, don’t proceed with it and somehow we will look for another supplier.”

Duterte did not elaborate on why he wants purchases of U.S. arms to be stopped.

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