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Philippines says it will reject all aid with conditions

Philippines says it will reject all aid with conditions

Abella said there are other sources of funds.

Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, however, clarified that the Philippine government would only refuse new grants from EU which "impose certain conditionalities that will interfere with the way we handle things, that we consider objectionable".

The Cabinet official said he will discuss with other members of the economic team - Budget Secretary Benjamin M. Diokno and Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III - the matter and decide if they will recommend that the President retract his statement.

Abella added that the move is part of the Duterte administration's "independent foreign policy".

The Palace did not say whether the policy had something to do with Duterte's tirades against the European Union and his previous statements that the government could forgo with European Union grants if the bloc continued criticizing his vicious anti-drug campaign.

The Philippines and Russian Federation are planning to strengthen their respective defense "presence" by opening defense attache offices in Manila and Moscow, a Philippine diplomat said on Friday.

Duterte insisted he would not be intimidated by criticism of the drug war, which rights groups have said could be a crime against humanity. Having no money can no longer be used as an excuse.

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.

People who sell tobacco products in banned places could be jailed for up to three years, the order said.




However, Pernia told reporters: "I will not take that as a policy".

"Well, it should not be policy", he said.

"The fact that it is at a loss for a coherent explanation for this unprecedented foreign policy decision should serve as basis for it to pause for deep reflection and reconsideration". This is not going to be customary.

However the order did not make that clear and health department spokesman Eric Tayag said the exact areas to be banned would be announced later, with the order set to become law in 60 days.

"These people are business people".

In receiving the aid, nations must comply with 27 worldwide conventions on human and labor rights, environmental protection, and good governance.

Pernis, the economic planning chief, said manufacturing and robust exports were the main drivers of growth this year while the farm sector turned around from a decline late last year. "We will not beg for it", Duterte added. PRRD approved the recommendation not to accept the EU's offer of a grant of about United States dollars 280 million which would involve review of our adherence to the rule of law.

Without giving the specifics, the Palace official said the move was precipitated by a grant proposal from European Union that carries a provision that is unacceptable to the government.

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