Champagne orders review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines

12 February, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Champagne orders review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines

However, the defense minister later clarified that the Bell 412EPI helicopters were mainly for transport, rescue and disaster response.

"We respect the stand of Canada", Duterte said in a news conference in Davao City.

"I'm buying helicopters because I want to finish them off", said Duterte, referring to Muslim and communist rebels along with Islamic militants in the country's volatile south.

Following the Canadian government's announcement that it is now reviewing its sale to the Philippine government of 16 Bell helicopters, Roque said: "If they don't want to sell, we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources".

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

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

Trudeau, who was present at a summit of southeast Asian countries, said Philippines need a rule of law and expressed his wish on behalf of his federal government to help Philippines.

But a senior officer in the Philippines military, which has been accused of committing human-rights abuses in its war with local terrorists and rebels, admitted they would be used for internal security operations. "And we will obviously review the facts and take the right decision", Champagne told reporters, without giving more details.

"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.

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.

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"They are not attack or close support aircraft", he said. They would be used in disaster relief efforts.

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".

"President Duterte's government has achieved global notoriety for its blatant disregard of basic human rights and its systematic threats against human rights activists", Jaramillo said in an email.

The Philippine government says police only shot the suspects in self-defence and rejects human rights monitors' description of the crackdown as a crime against humanity.

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