Canada-Philippines helicopter deal sparks human rights concerns

Champagne orders review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines

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".

He said if he can not use the equipment against locals "contaminated" by ISIS, he might as well "surrender the government" to them.

Global Affairs Canada initially defended the helicopter sale, pointing out the aircraft would be used "exclusively" for disaster relief, search and rescue and passenger transport missions.

News of the sale caused some in Canada to raise concerns over Duterte's human rights record.

The military stressed they were "utility helicopters, not attack helicopters".

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Thousands of people have allegedly been killed since July 2016 in the crackdown on drug dealers and users. Freeland's office also circulated a photo of a similar helicopter painted red, blue and white.

"That is precisely why the minister ordered a review and that process will continue".

But then Reuters reported that Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, told the publication the helicopters would be used for the military's internal security operations and possibly the missions Bell mentioned. They would be used in disaster relief efforts.

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.

"Its intended use as combat utility helicopter is for the transport of troops, especially combat casualties and for troop sustainment".

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An Amnesty International report accused Islamist insurgents of executing civilians and the military of killing non-combatants during air strikes. I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal. and somehow we will look for another supplier.

Duterte said he has no issues with Canada's position on the helicopters but noted that the Philippines has its own needs.

Known for his impromptu decisions and public outbursts, Duterte declared in a nationally televised news conference in southern Davao city, his hometown, that he wants the helicopter deal, along with purchases of unspecified US weapons, halted. "We respect the stand of Canada", he explained.

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery from the first quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020.

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