Duterte rejects EU aid to pursue war on drugs

The Philippines took a surprise decision to reject development assistance from the European Union in a move to secure the country’s independent foreign policy, a top official of President Rodrigo Duterte said.

The Southeast Asian country preferres to decline 250 million Euros ($278.88 million) worth of grants to exclude European Union from influencing its internal affairs, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea underlined.

“We’re supposed to be an independent nation,” he said in a message to reporters after the president had rejected criticism made by European countries on his war on drug dealers, causing  killings of thousands without justice procedures.

The numbers of killed in President Duterte war on drugs amount to 9,000 people, mainly the small consumers and dealers from poor areas. Police reports a third of the victims were shot by officers in self-defense during legitimate operations.

Henry Borzi

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