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Duterte orders AFP to cancel helicopter deal with Canada

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 09:31 PM February 09, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday ordered the cancellation of a $233-million helicopter deal with Canada following reports that Ottawa was reviewing the deal.

“I want to tell the Armed Forces to cut the deal. Huwag na ituloy [do not continue] and somehow we will look for another supplier. We respect the stand of Canada,” Duterte said in a news conference in Davao City.

Canada has raised concerns that the 16 Bell helicopters bought from Canada would be used as attack helicopter.

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The Department of National Defense (DND) has said that he deal was signed with trade promotion outfit Canadian Commercial Corp last December. /jpv

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