MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has ordered the cancellation of a deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and says purchases of U.S. arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions, although he says he still supports President Donald Trump.

President Rodrigo Duterte's order, issued in a news conference late Friday, came after the Canadian government decided to review the 12 billion peso ($235 million) helicopter deal due to concerns the Philippine military might use the utility helicopters in counterinsurgency assaults.

Duterte said: "I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal, don't proceed with it and somehow we will look for another supplier."

Duterte did not elaborate on why he wants purchases of U.S. arms to be stopped.

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