Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman thinks President Rodrigo Duterte has adopted a “skewed double standard” in selecting from which nation to get international aid or help.
“While he rejects assistance from the European Union (EU) because of alleged conditions related to his bloody campaign against drugs, he accepts Chinese pledges of aid and investments despite the overriding condition that the Philippines must not enforce against China the UN-supported arbitral decision of the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal adjudicating that the resource-rich and vast areas in the West Philippine Sea are part of Philippine territory and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), including Benham Rise, Spratlys and Panatag Shoal, among others,” mentioned Lagman in a press release.
Compared to China’s promise of aid which was “contingent” or topic to likelihood, Lagman mentioned the EU has a monitor document of being a constant source of aid in strife-torn Mindanao.
“The worldwide concern on the unabated extrajudicial killings of drug suspects is merely being echoed by the European Union in the same manner that 45 out of the 47 members of the United Nations Human Rights Council have called for the end of the extra-judicial killings (EKJs) and endorsed the investigation of human rights violations,” mentioned Lagman.
Lagman mentioned the President was clearly misled in rejecting the EU aid suggested by Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez “with a collective consultation with his economic team.”
He mentioned EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen beforehand clarified that EU’s severe concern on the on-going EJKs was not a conditionality of the grant which EU had dedicated to launch simply the identical amounting to 250 million euros (P13.89 billion) up to 2020.
Lagman additionally rejected Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella’s declare that accepting EU’s grants was a type of mendicancy. “The grants are being offered without the Philippines begging for them,” mentioned Lagman.