Philippines has decided to no longer accept new EU grants, amounting at around 250 million euros or P13.85 billion confirmed by the Europian Union on Wednesday evening, May 17.
“The Philippine government has informed us that they no longer accept new EU grants,” the EU delegation to the Philippines said without any elaboration.
This decision was relayed only this week by the Philippine government said by the EU delegation. There is no response from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the exact reason is still unavail for this decision.
President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the EU for criticizing in his bloody anti-drug campaign and said that EU do not understand the severity of drugs in the country. “If you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it,” Duterte told the EU in October 2016.
Philippines has been warned by the EU Parliament that it could lose trade incentives if the human rights situation in the country does not improve. EU was not “imposing” human rights conditions on the Philippines as stressed by Ambassador Franz Jessen and it was the Philippines that signed 27 labor and human rights conventions under the United Nations system. Meanwhile, one of the Philippines’ biggest donors is EU.