MANILA Philip­pines to Canada: he­li­copters won’t be used for at­tacks

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

The Philip­pine de­fence chief says the mil­i­tary won’t use 16 he­li­copters be­ing bought from Canada to at­tack in­sur­gents as feared by top Cana­dian of­fi­cials, who or­dered a re­view of the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar deal.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said Thurs­day the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment could buy else­where if Canada de­cides to scut­tle the sale of the Bell 412EPIS, which he said would be used to ferry sup­plies and troops, in­clud­ing those wounded in com­bat, and re­spond to dis­as­ters.

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment de­cided to un­der­take the re­view due to con­cerns the Philip­pine mil­i­tary might use the he­li­copters in coun­terin­sur­gency as­saults, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports.

Trudeau said in Manila last year that he raised con­cerns about ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s drug crack­down dur­ing a meet­ing, re­marks that an­gered Duterte. – AP

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