Not Just EU, Duterte Says Ph Should Reject Conditional Aide From All Countries
Ringo | On 26, Oct 2017
The Philippines will be rejecting conditional aides coming from all countries and not just the European Union (EU).
Alan Peter Cayetano, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary, clarified after he said earlier that the Manila would no longer accept aides from the EU to prevent it from interfering in the country’s domestic affairs with its criticism of the country’s war on drugs.
“If there are conditionalities — and this is not an EU-specific policy, I cleared with the President — that will affect our sovereignty or give you the right to interfere into our domestic affairs, we will not accept that donation,” Cayetano said.
Cayetano said rejecting aids won’t affect the victims since many countries use organizations like the Red Cross.
“You can give it directly to the people. So for example, the US, they use international organizations. Even [the] EU gave some of the money to [the] International Red Cross,” said Cayetano.
Cayetano met with EU representatives in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday and explained the Philippine position on the issue. He said the trade between Philippine and the EU would not be affected.
The EU said it would be reviewing the Philippines trade perks pre-conditioned on the country’s compliance with international agreements, including human rights.