The authorities’s choice to shun round $280 million in grants from the European Union (EU) is nothing brief of a “drastic” transfer contemplating that the bloc has elevated the aid it offered to the Philippines since 2015, De La Salle University (DLSU) political science professor Richard Heydarian mentioned.

Heydarian, nevertheless, mentioned he’s hopeful the rejection of aid from EU is not closing since grants are higher than the loans that collectors equivalent to China are prepared to increase.

“Medyo matapang ang Duterte administration para i-reject ‘yan. Kasi siyempre galing palang sa China si Pangulong Duterte at ang China nagpi-place talaga sila ng bilyon-bilyong dolyar sa atin pero ang pagkakaiba diyan, loan po ang bigay ng China sa atin dahil ibabalik naman natin ‘yun. May interest nga ‘yan. Up to 3 percent ang interest,” he mentioned in a telephone interview over GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali” Thursday (May 18).

“We need loans, we need help, we need grant. At ‘yung grant mas maganda pa sa loan kasi di mo na kailangan bayaran pa,” he added.

Heydarian believes the federal government determined to show down grants from EU as a preemptive transfer to keep away from potential sanctions sooner or later over its bloody conflict in opposition to unlawful medication.

He mentioned it’s possible the EU might slap financial sanctions such because the elimination of the preferential buying and selling settlement that has allowed a number of items to be exported to the bloc at zero tariff.

The European has criticized Duterte over his conflict on medication, which has been blamed for hundreds of deaths because the begin of his administration.

Contrary to the federal government’s perception that EU needs to supply aid with strings hooked up, Heydarian mentioned it’s possible that each one the bloc needs is for the Philippines to be open to a dialogue on points surrounding its anti-drug marketing campaign.

“[S]inasabi ng government ang issue dito ay soberentiya, non-interference in our internal affairs. Eh ang hinihingi naman ng EU dito ay siguro dialogue man lang. ‘Yung ating pagbukas sa international investigation. I don’t think it’s a total interference in our national affairs,” he mentioned.

Source: politics.com.ph