UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippines could turn to other countries after dismissing a deal for 16 military helicopters from Canada.
On Monday, Feb. 12, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Philippines would look to areas such as Russia, China and Turkey for the medium-lift helicopters.
Lorenzana said, “We are back to square one in the procurement process.”
The deal for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters worth roughly $233 million was scrapped by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last Friday.
Duterte’s decision came after Canadian Trade Minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne ordered a review of the deal after remarks about the Philippines use of the helicopters for internal security operations.
In regards to Canada’s review of the deal, Lorenzana said, “I think there is malice in the way it is being raised.”