Philippines says Canada helicopters 'not for attack' Feb 09, 2018 0 602 12345 AFPMANILATHE Philippine military on Thursday denied it planned to use 16 Bell helicopters bought from Canada as attack aircraft against local insurgents, following reports Ottawa was reviewing the deal.Canadian media had reported overnight Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government was reconsidering the sale over fears the aircraft would be used in internal security operations, just hours after both governments had announced it in public."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, on Thursday."You must understand that these are utility helicopters, not attack helicopters,"Padilla told AFP.According to the Philippine defence department, the deal was signed with trade promotion outfit Canadian Commercial Corp last December, shortly after Trudeau clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte during a Manila visit over Philippine drug war killings.The Philippines employs attack helicopters and planes to support ground troops battling militants in the Muslim south, as well as against communist guerrillas in other parts of the mainly Catholic Asian nation.A Philippine defence department spokesman told AFP on Wednesday its air force would use the Bell 412EPI aircraft, worth US$234.8 million, for disaster response and humanitarian missions, but also for"anti-terrorism".However, Padilla said Oon Thursday this did not mean they would be used as"attack helicopters". POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Philippine leader rejects ICC probe linked to drug war Feb 09, 2018 0 87 Rescuers brave aftershocks to pull bodies from tilting Taiwan tower Feb 09, 2018 0 72 Philippines' Duterte orders halt on new casinos to prevent oversupply Feb 09, 2018 0 80 Philippine bank threatens counter-suit over world's biggest cyber-heist AFP MANILA THE Philippine bank used by hackers to transfer money in the world's biggest cyber heist warned of tit-for-tat legal action on Thursday, after Bangladeshi officials said they would sue the lender. .. Death-row Indonesian kingpin ran drug ring from prison: police JAKARTA A jailed Indonesian drug lord facing execution ran a meth-and-ecstasy ring from behind bars, police said on Thursday, as officials announced his narcotics network had been smashed. A dozen people were arrested .. Indonesia probes killing of Borneo orangutan JAKARTA A critically endangered Borneo orangutan shot to death in Indonesia took 130 pellets from an air rifle, in addition to cuts and bruises, an official of a wildlife group said on Thursday. Indonesia has vast swathes .. Cambodia court grants bail to seven foreigners held over dance party PHNOM PENH A Cambodian court has granted bail to seven of 10 foreigners charged with producing pornography related to dancing at a party, a court spokesman said on Thursday. The 10 were arrested on Jan. 25, along with 77 .. Thai PM says law applies to tycoon accused of poaching BANGKOK A Thai tycoon charged with poaching a leopard in a national park will not escape justice despite his wealth, the country's junta leader vowed on Thursday, as public outcry rages over impunity for the ..