News 18 may — 22:28

Philippines rejects $279M ‘interfering’ EU aid

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The Philippine government has decided to no longer accept from the EU the ‘interfering’ development assistance mostly intended for Muslim communities in the country, Anadolu Agency reports.

The decision comes after President Rodrigo Duterte received billions of dollars in pledges from China under its One Belt One Road initiative.

“The President has approved the recommendation of the Department of Finance not to accept grants, and this is not necessarily humanitarian aid from the EU that may allow it to interfere with the internal policies of the Philippines,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella was quoted by ABS-CBN News as saying.

“These grants pertain to particular projects or programs that have the potential of affecting the autonomy of the country”, he added.

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