Monday, 25 September, 2017

Philippines declines EU aid after securing billions from China

PHL tells European Union it won't accept aid anymore Philippines declines EU aid after securing billions from China
Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 16:41

"We're supposed to be an independent nation", Medialdea told reporters. "We can accept or respectfully decline that which we find objectionable", he said. "To me, on face value, it appears kind of unwelcome or not a good move but perhaps, I don't think it's going to remain as such", Mr Pernia said.

"If you think it is high time for you to withdraw your assistance, go ahead, we will not beg for it", Duterte said in a speech in October, referring to aid from the U.S., European Union and other critics.

Mr Duterte has denied condoning extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death and said he is ready to rot in jail to protect Filipinos from atrocious crimes linked to drugs.

Drilon said the Philippines and EU's partnership has resulted in billions of pesos in trade, helping to boost the economy and generate job opportunities.

Duterte says European nations don't understand the extent of the narcotics problem in the Philippines.Almost 9,000 people, many small-time users and dealers, have been killed in the Philippines since Duterte took office on June 30.

"Maybe the assistance from China will more than make up for whatever is foregone from other countries", he added.

European Union granted the country 130 million euros in development aid from 2007-2013 and has pledged 325 million euros for four years to finance projects in Muslim Mindanao after the peace deal with the rebels was sealed by the Philippine government in March, 2014.

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"The Duterte administration is just too fanatically engrossed on the war on drugs, hating every institution that questions it", said the Rev. Edwin Gariguez, head of the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action.

Malacanang on Thursday said the Philippines has made a decision to reject aid coming from the European Union so it would not "interfere" in the country's affairs.

"There has been no let up in Duterte's controversial war on drugs, but he is sticking to his pledge to leave economic policy in the hands of his well-respected finance secretary", said Gareth Leather of London-based consultancy Capital Economics.

The German government also expressed concern after Duterte past year drew parallels between his drug war and Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler's Holocaust.

"As chairman of the Senate committee on economic affairs, it is my opinion that the loss of P13 billion in foreign aid from the European Union is a price the Philippines can afford to pay in pursuit of truly independent foreign and economic policies", Gatchalian said.

"While usually grants are not affecting businesses, it must be said that they do greatly contribute to creating desirable conditions for businesses to thrive and spur inclusive growth as it creates much needed jobs - and grants come free of charge and conditions", Taus said in a statement.

The Duterte administration is incensed over the EU's criticisms against the Philippine government's war against illegal drugs. "We will not beg for it", Duterte added.

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