Duterte criticizes Canadian P.Minister Trudue anew over the cancelled helicopter deal

Duterte criticizes Canadian P.Minister Trudue anew over the cancelled helicopter deal

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has called out the lack of leadership skill of Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudue, reminding the latter should “not be in that mighty post” if he cannot fathom or understand the ever changing global geopolitics and the security threats in this “troubled world.”
Bell's 412EPI combat utility helicopters and Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudue (photo credit to owner)

The President during his speech at the League of Municipalities of the Philippines in Cebu City, took swipe at the leadership skill of the Canadian Prime Minister amid his disappointment with Canada’s decision to review the helicopter deal with the Philippines over humanitarian grounds against the Duterte administration.

“For God’s sake Mr. Trudeau, my own citizens are rebelling against us, killing my soldiers and policemen and civilians. And I cannot use the helicopter because they are citizens but they are out to overthrow my government,” Duterte said.

“If you cannot understand, you should not be there in that mighty post of yours because you do not know the history of the world and geopolitics,” he added.

It might be reminded the Canadian government decided to delay the deal on concerns that the Bell Helicopters will be used against Filipino rebels.

Duterte told the Canadian leader during the forum that the existence of a “troubled world” despite his aspirations for peace.

“Itong si Trudeau nagpapa-corny. Pakunwari na peaceful ganun, ‘We want peace.’ Anong want… This is a troubled world. It has always been a troubled world ever since. Hindi naman nahinto ‘yan [It never stopped],” he said.

Last March, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed a contract in behalf of the Philippines to buy sixteen (16)  Bell 412EPI combat utility helicopters  worth $233.36 million, that was cancelled when Canada decided to further investigate the human rights violations allegedly being committed by the Duterte administration.

The Philippines has been transparent before hand that the helicopters will be used for internal security operations and for disaster relief and search and rescue missions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Trudue, upon learning that the said helicopters will be used against Filipino rebels, put the deal under further investigation, the Canadian Prime Minister claims that they have a responsibility to look into how equipment it sells, whether military or otherwise, is used.

President Duterte already ordered the cancellation of the deal and has instructed the AFP to look for alternative sources.

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