European Union says Philippines declines new EU grants

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The European Union says that the Philippines has rejected its development aid, thus essentially putting 250 million euros in new EU grants at stake. He did not elaborate.

About 9,000 people, many small-time users and dealers, have been killed around the country. "How do you look at us?"

Pernis, the economic planning chief, said manufacturing and robust exports were the main drivers of growth this year while the farm sector turned around from a decline late last year.

Duterte has said the West does not appreciate the gravity of the drug problem in the Philippines, and made derogatory comments about both former U.S. President Barack Obama and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after they were critical.

The EU has been a major donor, and supported rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and peace efforts in the southern Philippines.

The EU delegation in Manila confirmed the decision of the Philippine government and the official statement announcing the end of its funding agreement will be issued today (18 May).

In receiving the aid, nations must comply with 27 worldwide conventions on human and labor rights, environmental protection, and good governance. "I'd be happy to slaughter them", Mr Duterte said, underestimating the number of people killed in the Holocaust.

Economic secretary Ernesto Pernia added to the confusion by saying Duterte may retract it. "It is more of a reaction to criticism". I have to build a nation, that's why I went to China. The economy, he said, can still borrow more despite rising global interest rates.

Abella said there are other sources of funds.

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Europe had been funding about 100 community projects across the country.

"The Philippines is growing by leaps and bounds".

The economy expanded by 6.4 percent on a yearly basis in the first three months, the government said, which was slightly lower than expectations but still the second fastest in the region after China. "We need to gain certain confidence in ourselves". "This is exactly the kind of mentality the President wants the Filipinos to avoid - a mendicant attitude", Mr. Duterte's spokesman said.

The scheme requires compliance with 27 worldwide conventions, which include a commitment to never reinstate the death penalty.

The Philippines's duty-free exports to the European Union were worth around €1.6 billion ($1.78 million) in 2016, according to European Union delegation data.

"It's not a grant and their commercial transactions that can mutually benefit both sides". "It's a mutually beneficial arrangement".

Partly in response to American criticism of the drug war, Duterte has also loosened the Philippines' ties with traditional ally the United States.

"If we focus on infrastructure spending alone it should be enough", Favelas said, referring to planned multi-billion-dollar investments in airports, bridges, roads and rail.

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