Category: Canada Published on Saturday, 10 November 2012 11:55 Written by Sam Dixon
Harper made the announcement during his one-day trip to the country, which was the first since 1997. Harper was welcomed by the Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III. The key agenda of the visit was to boost trade between the two countries, so as a part of it, both countries agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense procurement too.
The deal is officially signed by the Filipino defense department and Canadian Commercial Corp., which will now make it easier for the Philippines to purchase military and security equipment required to defend its territory. This deal is timed very uniquely as the Philippines are currently occupied on a dispute with China over islands in the South China Sea as they try to establish order within its own borders after years of violence caused by insurgent Muslim rebels.
On the other hand, Acquino mentioned that “this will help us in our efforts to build our defence and security capabilities.” He added that “I cannot go into specifics lest they be observed by less friendly individuals.”