Philippines Canada war

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?

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to go to war with Canada if a shipment of trash isn’t removed from the Philippines ASAP. Who would win in a war between Canada and the Philippines?
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo courtesy of the Associated Press

Her Majesty The Queen / Photo courtesy of The Royal Household

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.

Philippines Canada war
Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Total Population

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.

Philippines Canada war
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Forces

Defence Budget

Canada USD$21,200,000,000 vs The Philippines USD$3,000,000,000

Advantage: Canada.

Canada spends more than USD$90 million more than the Philippines.

Philippines Canada war

Total number of aircraft

Canada 384 vs The Philippines 171

Advantage: Canada

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.

Philippines Canada war

Total number of tanks

Canada 80 vs The Philippines 18

Advantage: Canada

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.

Philippines Canada war

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.

Conclusion

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 Army
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

Canadian Forces

Founded in 1968

Service branches include:
Canadian Army
Royal Canadian Air Force
Royal Canadian Navy

Commander in Chief:
Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Governor General Julie Payette)

Minister of National Defence:
Harjit Sajjan

Chief of the Defence Staff:
General Jonathan Vance

Military age: 16-60 years old

Conscription: no

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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