Philippine president orders military to scrap helicopter deal with Canada

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Known for his impromptu decisions and public outbursts, the Philippine president declared in a nationally televised news conference that he wants the helicopter deal, and purchases of unspecified USA weapons, halted.

The helicopters, Bell said, were to be used for missions including disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport.

The statement by Major General Restituto Padilla, AFP deputy chief for plans, was made following Canada's announcement it would review the P12 billion ($233.36 million) contract for the helicopters over concerns the aircraft would be used in combat. I hope that we will never called upon to use arms in their defense or for them. "Do not push it through and somehow, we will look for another supplier".

"If they don't want to sell, well, we may consider the prospect of procuring them from other sources", presidential spokesman Harry Roque told reporters yesterday.

"U.S., because of its too much imposition, but I assure you, I am supporting Trump", Duterte said.

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Louie Villanueva explained that "the higher quota is also due to the ongoing activation of 10 additional Army infantry battalions which aims to further strengthen the PA's capability, to be more responsive in addressing the various threats, particularly terrorism, that beset the country".

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

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asked later whether he was concerned the helicopters might be used against Filipino citizens, replied "Absolutely".

But it is also the latest to spark concerns from human-rights and arms-control groups, who have previously raised red flags about recent Canadian arms deals with Saudi Arabia, Colombia and other destinations.

Trudeau, who raised human rights concerns to President Rodrigo Duterte previous year, replied: "Absolutely".

The worldwide criminal court revealed Thursday it has launched an initial inquiry into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte.

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

Duterte said past investigations failed to turn up evidence that he ordered extrajudicial killings of specific people, although he acknowledged he has threatened to kill those who destroy his country's youth.

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