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Friday, February 09, 2018

$233 Million Helicopter Deal With Canada, Now Cancelled


The Canadian government on ordered a review of the deal amid concerns the aircraft could be used to fight rebels, just one day after signing a $233 million agreement to sell 16 helicopters to the Philippines .  Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Trade Minister  said that the formally signed deal had been struck in 2012 on the understanding the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions.  Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, told Reuters on Tuesday the helicopters would be used for the military’s internal security operations, adding they could also be deployed in search-and-rescue and disaster relief operations.  “When we saw that declaration … we immediately launched a review with the relevant authorities. And we will obviously review the facts and take the right decision,” Champagne told reporters, without giving more details.  The Bell 412EPI helicopters were due be delivered early next year as the Philippine military prepares to step up operations against Islamist and communist rebels.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asked later whether he was concerned the helicopters might be used against Filipino citizens, replied “Absolutely.”  Canada has very clear regulations about to whom it can sell weapons and how they can be used, he said during a question and answer event at the University of Chicago. Sponsored Links  “We are going to make sure before this deal or any other deal goes through that we are abiding by the rules … that Canadian governments have to follow,” he said.  In November, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte publicly criticized Trudeau at a regional summit in Manila for raising questions about his war on drugs.  Nearly 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police in the campaign since June 2016. Human rights groups accuse police of carrying out illegal killings, staging crime scenes and falsifying reports, a charge they deny.  “Human rights is a key element of our foreign policy and of our trade policy,” said Champagne.  In 2016, the Liberal government was criticized for deciding to honor a contract to sell light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, despite human rights concerns. Like the helicopter contract, the deal had been arranged by Canada’s former Conservative administration.  Advertisements  Body Of Household Worker Found Inside A Freezer In Kuwait; Confirmed Filipina  Senate Approves Bill For Free OFW Handbook    Overseas Filipinos In Qatar Losing Jobs Amid Diplomatic Crisis—DOLE How To Get Philippine International Driving Permit (PIDP)    DFA To Temporarily Suspend One-Day Processing For Authentication Of Documents (Red Ribbon)    SSS Monthly Pension Calculator Based On Monthly Donation    What You Need to Know For A Successful Housing Loan Application    What is Certificate of Good Conduct Which is Required By Employers In the UAE and HOW To Get It?    OWWA Programs And Benefits, Other Concerns Explained By DA Arnel Ignacio And Admin Hans Cacdac   ©2018 THOUGHTSKOTO  www.jbsolis.com   SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below
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The Canadian government on ordered a review of the deal amid concerns the aircraft could be used to fight rebels, just one day after signing a $233 million agreement to sell 16 helicopters to the Philippines .Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Trade Minister  said that the formally signed deal had been struck in 2012 on the understanding the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions.

Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, told Reuters on Tuesday the helicopters would be used for the military’s internal security operations, adding they could also be deployed in search-and-rescue and disaster relief operations.

When they saw the declaration, Champagne said that they immediately launched a review with the relevant authorities to make sure that they will take a right decision.

The Bell 412EPI helicopters is set to be delivered early next year as the Philippine military prepares to step up operations against Islamist and communist rebels.

Canada has very strict  regulations on to whom it can sell weapons and how they can be used, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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The Canadian government on ordered a review of the deal amid concerns the aircraft could be used to fight rebels, just one day after signing a $233 million agreement to sell 16 helicopters to the Philippines . Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Trade Minister  said that the formally signed deal had been struck in 2012 on the understanding the helicopters would be used for search-and-rescue missions.   Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, told Reuters on Tuesday the helicopters would be used for the military’s internal security operations, adding they could also be deployed in search-and-rescue and disaster relief operations.  When they saw the declaration, Champagne said that they immediately launched a review with the relevant authorities to make sure that they will take a right decision.  The Bell 412EPI helicopters is set to be delivered early next year as the Philippine military prepares to step up operations against Islamist and communist rebels.  Canada has very strict  regulations on to whom it can sell weapons and how they can be used, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  Sponsored Links    “Human rights is a key element of our foreign policy and of our trade policy,” said Champagne.  In 2016, the Liberal government was criticized for deciding to honor a contract to sell light armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, despite human rights concerns. Like the helicopter contract, the deal had been arranged by Canada’s former Conservative administration.  Advertisements  Body Of Household Worker Found Inside A Freezer In Kuwait; Confirmed Filipina  Senate Approves Bill For Free OFW Handbook    Overseas Filipinos In Qatar Losing Jobs Amid Diplomatic Crisis—DOLE How To Get Philippine International Driving Permit (PIDP)    DFA To Temporarily Suspend One-Day Processing For Authentication Of Documents (Red Ribbon)    SSS Monthly Pension Calculator Based On Monthly Donation    What You Need to Know For A Successful Housing Loan Application    What is Certificate of Good Conduct Which is Required By Employers In the UAE and HOW To Get It?    OWWA Programs And Benefits, Other Concerns Explained By DA Arnel Ignacio And Admin Hans Cacdac   ©2018 THOUGHTSKOTO  www.jbsolis.com   SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below
“Human rights is a key element of our foreign policy and of our trade policy,” said Champagne.

Meanwhile, the review can no longer do anything about the deal because President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the AFP to cancel the deal and order helicopters elsewhere except Canada and America.
“I want to tell the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) to cut the deal. Huwag na ituloy (Do not proceed with it). Somehow we will look for another supplier,” Duterte said.
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