Government of Canada Orders Review of Helicopter Deal with Manila

A day after signing a US$233 million agreement to sell 16 helicopters to the Philippines, the Government of Canada ordered a review of the deal amid concerns surrounding human rights violations in the Philippines. Ottawa and Manila had agreed on the current deal back in 2012, with the understanding that the aircraft would be used for search-and-rescue and disaster relief operations. However, Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne ordered a review process when the Philippine Major-General Restituto Padilla told media that the helicopters would be used for the “military’s internal security operations,” which raised concerns about possible human rights violations.

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