Socioeconomic planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia has frowned upon the Duterte administration’s transfer to cease accepting aid from the European Union (EU) so it will not meddle within the nation’s affairs.

“On face value, it appears to be not a good move,” Pernia mentioned at a press briefing Thursday (May 18).

The Cabinet official cautioned towards treating the rejection of help from the EU as coverage even when it has been confirmed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

“I would not take it as a policy. I think it is more a reaction to the criticisms,” he mentioned.

“He’s (President Rodrigo R. Duterte) very sensitive and he usually takes it back later on,” Pernia added.

Medialdea mentioned the choice to cease accepting improvement aid from the EU– price about $278 million or 50 million Euros– was geared toward asserting Philippine independence.

“Yes. To enable them not to interfere w[ith] our internal affairs. We’re supposed to be an independent nation,” he mentioned.

President Rodrigo Duterte has cursed and criticized the EU a number of instances over its concern relating to the administration’s warfare on medicine, saying it mustn’t attempt to impose its values on the Philippines.

Last 12 months, the President mentioned the nation can survive with out aid from EU and the United States as a result of it could actually search assist from China.

Aside from criticizing Duterte’s drug warfare, the administration could have been sad with the EU Parliament’s adoption of a decision calling for the liberty of Senator Leila de Lima, one of the President’s staunchest critics.