“We will cancel it if that is the final decision,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said today after President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference on February 9 said that he is cancelling the 16-helicopter deal with Bell Helicopter through Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).
Secretary Lorenzana said the Philippines has a lot of choices. “Titingin tayo sa Russia, China, Korea, Turkey at India,” he said.
President Duterte announced that he is cancelling the said helicopter deal after the Canadian government said it will review the helicopter deal.
“From here on now, I am directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines since most of the guns, bullets, and whatever weapons of war – gagamitin naman talaga against rebels and terrorists – do not buy anymore from Canada or from the United States because there is always a condition attached,” President Duterte said on February 9.
“If we cannot use [weapons] against terrorists or Filipino citizens, then prepare for the eventual collapse of this country,” he said. “If I cannot use a gunship, a helicopter then I might as well surrender this government to them.”
Sources: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/02/11/afp-has-no-choice-but-to-abort-planned-helicopter-deal-with-canada-lorenzana/; https://www.mintfo.com/security-defense/duterte-orders-to-cut-16-helicopter-deal-with-bell-helicopter/1050/