Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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P04 - (Philippines-Helicopters) MANILA, Philippines. x-16s. The president of the Philippines has told his military commanders to cancel a controversial deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada. President Rodrigo Duterte issued the order at a news conference today in which he lashed out against restrictions on the use of military equipment against terrorist and rebels. ("..government to them.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Duterte issued the directive not to buy choppers from Canada, or the United States, after the Trudeau government ordered a review of Canada's contract with the Philippines over human-rights concerns. The government had initially said the Bell helicopters would only be used for search-and-rescue and disaster relief operations, and that the deal would support about one-thousand jobs in the Montreal area. …

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