The developmental tasks which the European Union (EU) is funding within the Philippines will proceed “unless it is specifically objected to,” Malacañang mentioned Thursday (May 18).

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned the federal government is assuming regularity within the EU’s existing aid to the nation.

“If it was allowed and accepted and nothing was found to be objectionable, well, it will continue. That’s the assumption, okay,” he mentioned when requested about EU’s ongoing tasks within the Philippines.

Abella mentioned the federal government has solely determined to reject future aid from EU that can permit it to “interfere” with the nation’s affairs.

The price of the grants that can be turned down by the nation is estimated to be $280 million.

Among the tasks EU is funding embody growth and peace initiatives for Mindanao.