The Canadian Commercial Corp., whose role includes selling military goods to other countries on behalf of the government, says the Philippines agreed to buy the Canadian-made Bell helicopters at the end of December.
"We have very clear rules around who and what we can sell either arms of potential military vehicles like helicopters and controls-on what they intend to be used for and checks in how they are used", Trudeau said. "If I can not use the gunship, the helicopter, then I might as well surrender this government to [the rebels]".
However, Major-General Restituto Padilla, military chief of plans, in a Reuters report, noted that the helicopters could be of help for search-and-rescue operations for disaster relief operations, but said that "the helicopters will be used for the military's internal security operations". "You will never get it as long as we are president", he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told the Armed Forces to discontinue a helicopter deal with Canada, a day after the Canadian government ordered a review of the purchase.
Duterte said while he did not question Canada's logic, his logic was based on "reality on the ground".
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday that an "extremely rigorous human rights review" would be undertaken before any export permit was issued over the helicopter contract. He is doing it also for his country.
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Trudeau, who raised human rights concerns to President Rodrigo Duterte previous year, replied: "Absolutely".
Trump visited the Philippine capital, Manila, in November to meet Duterte and attend an annual summit with Asian and Western leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Reacting to Trudeau's comment, Duterte said: "I said, 'I will not explain".
Duterte, a former city mayor who built a political name with his extra-tough approach to crime, has denied condoning unlawful killings but has openly threatened drug suspects with death and cursed people who criticize his anti-crime methods.
"There are many massacres now, in all parts of Asia ... and I'm the one you want to hit", Duterte said.