European Union 'still' supports Duterte’s war on drugs

The European Union (EU) will continue to support the Philippines Government’s fight against illegal drugs.

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“Indeed, we are supporting the Philippines on many different fronts. We are working closely with the Department of Health on fighting drugs abuse in the Philippines. Our Initial support concentrates on one area where we, the EU, have outstanding strength; namely identification of International and National best practices in drug treatment practices,” EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said in a letter posted on the bloc’s Facebook page.

“Drug abuse is a shared problem, and it has international and national dimensions,” Jessen added in the letter, which he opened with the line: “The EU and our work in the Philippines continued to draw head-lines during the past week.”

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s verbally attack against EU, for expressing concern over spate killings happen in his administration’s war on drugs.

According to the EU Ambassador the Philippines receives an annual aid of P3 billion.

“Our support to the Department of Health falls under our general development cooperation programme. Every year the EU supports development in the Philippines to the tune of PHP 3 billion,” he said.

“I met Secretary [Jesus] Dureza of OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process) to discuss how the EU best could support the implementation of a peace agreement in Mindanao,”

“When we support, we do so in an open and transparent manner, emphasizing, of course, the basic values and objectives of the EU, be it fighting climate change, reducing poverty, improving the situation of women or human right,” he added.

The upcoming EU-Phil Business Summit which will be held in Manila next week and will be attended by 300 business people.

Jessen said “I am looking forward to that event. Keep in mind that the EU economy represents more than 25 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).”

“The EU is big, more than 500 million people, with a per capita income of $35.000. The EU is colossal in economic terms. With the exception of the US, few countries reach half the size of the EU in economic terms,” he added.

“It is this potential we seek to unleash at the business summit. There is a lot work to be done, for all of us,” he said.

Source: GMA news

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