US remains focused on assistance to PH amid Duterte’s tirades

According to Department of Senate spokesperson John Kirby, the United States remains focused on assistance efforts that will best benefit the Filipino people amid Duterte’s tirades.
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President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte challenge the United States, European Union and human rights to pull out their aid to the Philippines if they don’t want his war on drugs campaign.

“I do not expect the human rights (advocates), I do not expect (US President Obama) Obama, I do not expect the EU to understand me. Do not understand me and if you think it’s high time for you guys to withdraw your assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it,” Duterte said in a speech.

Department of Senate spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing, “As I told you, we’re focused on the assistance that we’re providing now. And look, in Fiscal Year’17 alone that assistance totals about $180 million, and that’s this fiscal year coming, and we’re committed to that.” He said.

According to Kirby, any units that violate international law will not get aid and assistance from the US.

“It’ a law we strongly believe in, And whether it’s in the Philippines or anywhere around the world, that review process is near continues and it will remain so,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier, the US warned that may take action if the Extrajudicial Killings continue in the Philippines.

“kayong US, EU you can call me anything but I was never into or I am never into hypocrisy like you,” Duterte said.

“There are migrants escaping from the Middle East. You allow them to rot and then you’re worried about the deaths of about one thousand, or two thousand, or three thousand,” the President said.



Source: philstar.com

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