Duterte rejects billions of EU aid “with strings attached”

Duterte rejects billions of EU aid “with strings attached”

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Philippines will no longer accept aid from the European Union (EU). The decision to forego about 250 million euros (Php 13.9 billion) was revealed in a statement issued by EU-PH Delegation public affairs officer Thelma Gecolea. This has also been confirmed to the media by the European Union Delegation to the Philippines.

The decision by the Philippine government comes after the EU placed preconditions on the “aid” that it was giving to the country. According to incoming Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would refuse any aid that would impede the administration’s war on the illegal drug trade.

“Ang instructions ng Presidente, yung gusto tumulong nang kusa, libre sila. But yung may strings attached o kaya, ‘Eto yung aid, pero eto gawin niyo,’ lalo na pagdating sa campaign against drugs, napapakialaman o pinapatigil, eh ‘wag tanggapin.”

The announcement was made after the country secured billions of dollars in grants and loans from China in the Belt and Road summit on May 14 in Beijing.


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