President Rodrigo Duterte told the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cancel the $233-million helicopter deal with Canada.
President’s order to terminate the deal came after Canada ordered a review of the deal over human rights concerns. Canada placed the deal for 16 helicopters under review after it was reported that the choppers will be used for AFP’s internal security operations.
“I want to tell the Armed Forces to cut the deal. Do not proceed anymore, and somehow we will look for another supplier,” the Inquirer quoted the President as saying about the deal for 16 Bell-412EPI utility helicopters.
The chief executive said Russia and China could supply the Philippines with helicopters.
As mentioned in The Straits Times, President Duterte respected Canada’s position but he added that it is unavoidable that the helicopters will be used in anti-terrorism operations.
“If I cannot use the gunship, the helicopter, then I might as well surrender this government to them. The reason I’m buying helicopters is because I want to finish them off,” Duterte said; referring to the rebels.