Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to go to war with Canada if a shipment of trash isn’t removed from the Philippines ASAP. People have gone to war for less. The question is, who would win in a war between Canada and the Philippines?
GlobalFirePower.com ranks the Canadian military at #21, with the Philippine military ranks at #64.
While the two countries are ranked rather far apart, each country has some advantages over the other. Canada has Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Governor General and Canadian astronaut Julie Payette) as its military leader, while the Philippines has President Rodrigo Duterte.
Canada 35,881,659 vs The Philippines 105,893,381
Advantage: The Philippines.
The Philippines has a lot more people than Canada. More importantly, the Philippines has more people fit for service.
While neither country has conscription legislation, it’s important to know that Canada has only 13,114,244 people fit for service, while the Philippines has 42,547,960.
Canada USD$21,200,000,000 vs The Philippines USD$3,000,000,000
Canada spends more than USD$90 million more than the Philippines.
Total number of aircraft
Canada 384 vs The Philippines 171
If the two countries were to engage in aerial combat, the advantage would definitely go to Canada, which has more than twice the number of aircraft than the Philippines.
Total number of tanks
Canada 80 vs The Philippines 18
If the two countries fought a war that would be decided by tanks, Canada would have the advantage, with Canada having almost 5 times the number of tanks than the Philippines.
Total number of naval vessels
Canada 63 vs The Philippines 119
Advantage: The Philippines
If the war between Canada versus the Philippines would be decided at sea, the Philippines would have the advantage, with almost twice the number of vessels available.
Undecided. Can’t we all just get along?
We’d compare such a theoretical scenario to Game of Thrones S08E03. Whilst the Night King’s army might have the upper hand in terms of sheer number of undead, the other guys have Danaerys and her two dragons. And Jon Snow.
How about you, who do you think would win in a war between the Philippines and Canada?
Armed Forces of the Philippines
Founded in 1935
Service branches include:
Philippine Air Force
Philippine Navy (Philippine Marine Force)
Commander in Chief: President Rodrigo Duterte
Secretary of National Defense: Delfin Lorenzana
Chief of Staff: General Benjamin Madrigal, Jr.
Military age: 18-56 years old
Conscription: optional ROTC
Number of citizens (aged 15-49) available for military service: 25,614,135 males, 25,035,061 females
Number of citizens (aged 15-49) fit for military service: 20,142,940 males 2,427,792 females
Active personnel: 171,500
Reserve personnel: 385,116
Deployed personnel: data not available
Defence Budget: USD$3,000,000,000
Percent of GDP: 0.75%
Total number of aircraft: 171
Total number of tanks: 18
Total number of naval vessels: 119
Founded in 1968
Service branches include:
Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Navy
Commander in Chief:
Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Governor General Julie Payette)
Minister of National Defence:
Chief of the Defence Staff:
General Jonathan Vance
Military age: 16-60 years old
Number of citizens (aged 17-49) available for military service: 8,031,266 male 7,755,550 female
Number of citizens (aged 17-49) fit for military service: 6,633,472 male 6,389,669 female
Active personnel: 68,000
Reserve personnel: 27,000
Deployed personnel: 1,700
Defence Budget: USD$21,200,000,000
Percent of GDP: 1.29%
Total number of aircraft: 384
Total number of tanks: 80
Total number of naval vessels: 63
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