Canada government to review 16-helicopter deal with PHL

The government of Canada will be reviewing the 16-helicopter deal between Philippines and Bell Helicopter being facilitated by Canadian Commercial Corp. (CCC).

“I have received no export application permit for this contract,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland before the House of Commons of Canada on February 7, a day after Bell Helicopter announced the contract with Philippine Department of National Defense (DND).

“The Prime Minister and I have been very clear about the Duterte regime’s human rights violations and extrajudicial killings including while in the Philippines. I will conduct an extremely rigorous human rights analysis of any potential export permit application related to this contract,” she added.

“I have the power to deny a permit if I feel that it poses a risk to human rights and I am prepared to do so,” Freeland said.

Bell Helicopter said “the 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization plans, and were purchased by the DND through a government-to-government contract with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).”

Bell Helicopter delivered 8 Bell 412EP for Philippine Air Force in 2015.