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Philippine defense ministry cancels helicopter deal with Canada

World2018-02-13

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna MANILA, Feb. 12(APD) – The Department of National Defense said it has issued a notice to the Canadian Commercial Corporation terminating the contract for the supply and delivery of sixteen (16) units of Bell 412 Combat Utility Helicopters for the Philippine Air Force. In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon, the Defense department said this was “in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte” and pursuant to the Government Procurement Law (Republic Act 9184) which authorizes contract termination for the convenience of the (Philippine) government. The termination was due to the review ordered by the Canadian government on the implementation of the signed Contract Agreement between the DND and the CCC. “While the combat utility helicopters being purchased are primarily for the purpose of transporting personnel and supplies, the Department believes that it does not owe the Canadian government any justification for an outright purchase of equipment from any privately-owned company,” the statement said. It added the Department will continue to pursue the modernization program, and will look into procuring the combat utility helicopters from other countries in lieu of the Bell 412. The contract costs US $ 235 million. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna

MANILA, Feb. 12(APD) – The Department of National Defense said it has issued a notice to the Canadian Commercial Corporation terminating the contract for the supply and delivery of sixteen (16) units of Bell 412 Combat Utility Helicopters for the Philippine Air Force.

In a statement released late Tuesday afternoon, the Defense department said this was “in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte” and pursuant to the Government Procurement Law (Republic Act 9184) which authorizes contract termination for the convenience of the (Philippine) government.

The termination was due to the review ordered by the Canadian government on the implementation of the signed Contract Agreement between the DND and the CCC.

“While the combat utility helicopters being purchased are primarily for the purpose of transporting personnel and supplies, the Department believes that it does not owe the Canadian government any justification for an outright purchase of equipment from any privately-owned company,” the statement said.

It added the Department will continue to pursue the modernization program, and will look into procuring the combat utility helicopters from other countries in lieu of the Bell 412.

The contract costs US $ 235 million.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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