Israeli Prime Minister Warns Of Possible Conflict With Iran
Coalition ties 'very strong' amid sex scandal-Turnbull
Gunman opens fire on worshipers in Russia church, kills five
Hanyu defends gold in men's figure skating
Tibetans mark double New Year with special prayers
Duterte orders halt to purchases of Canada choppers, USA weapons
10 February 2018, 02:55 | Bernice Figueroa
Champagne orders review of controversial helicopter deal with the Philippines
The Philippine president on Friday ordered the cancellation of a multimillion-dollar deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and said purchases of US arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions, although he said he still supports President Donald Trump.
"They must not politicise the acquisition", said Major-General Restituto Padilla, the deputy chief of staff for plans and programmes of the Philippine armed forces.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserted that the Bell helicopters would be used to transport personnel and relief supplies during calamities as well as ferry wounded soldiers.
Duterte said that he can not guarantee that the helicopters will not be used in combat operations in the future. You will never get it for as long as I am president.
His remark came after the Canadian government ordered Wednesday, February 7, to review the helicopter deal amid concerns that the aircraft could be used against local insurgents. "We are neutral", Duterte said, without making clear if he was referring to Canada or the USA, his country's treaty ally, or both.
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.
Duterte calls Trudeau’s criticism of extra-judicial killings a ‘personal and official insult
"It angers me when you are a foreigner, you do not know what exactly is happening in this country".
The two governments announced the deal less than three months after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clashed with host President Rodrigo Duterte over Philippine drug war killings, on the sidelines of a Manila summit. He is doing it also for his country.
But Trudeau's comment was not well accepted by Duterte.
During Trudeau's official visit in the Philippines past year for the 31st Association of South East Nations, he said that he "impressed upon" Duterte the need to respect the rule of law to combat illegal drugs.
Human-rights and arms-control groups have accused the Philippine armed forces of extrajudicial killings and other atrocities in their fight against Islamic militants and communist rebels.
Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's final $121 Billion offer
Qualcomm also says that it doesn't take into account the fact that Qualcomm is in the process of acquiring NXP Semiconductors NV. First, when its shares dropped after Apple's reports indicated that it can strike a deal with Intel in the future.
Train derails in horror crash with multiple casualties feared
Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon , Lexington County Spokesman Harrison Cahill, and Public Safety Director David Kerr also spoke. WLTX shared drone footage of the crash aftermath on social media, showing the points of collision and the train's derailed cars.
White House aide out after allegations of domestic abuse
The official disputed the assertion that Kelly knew all of these details for months, though other sources told CNN he was aware. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she had not discussed the allegations against Mr Porter with Mr Trump.
Eagles Fans Crowd Airport On Way To Super Bowl
Not only did the Eagles go from worst (7-9) to first (13-3) in their division, they earned the NFC's No. 1 seed. It's not that I'm not happy to have my team, the squad I was trained to love since birth, playing for a title.