By Genalyn Kabiling
The Philippines still has “excellent” relations with the European Union (EU) despite President Duterte’s warning to its parliament against interfering with domestic affairs.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the European parliament appears to be “creating its own brand of noise” but the country’s ties with EU remain “solid and economically based.”
“The relationship between the European Union and the Philippines is quite excellent. In fact, they’ve offered rehabilitation centers which is socio-therapy based,” he said.
Abella also explained that the President’s threat to hang EU officials should be placed “in the context of non-interference with national sovereign affairs.”
“He felt that they were impinging, infringing on own national sovereignty to be able to deal with their own situations,” he said.
“I’m sure by this time we understand that it’s more than being literal. He basically speaks about an attitude of, you know, emphasizing that we should be left alone to be able to do our part,” he added.
Abella also clarified that the President’s remarks rejecting the so-called drug fix rooms supposedly proposed by the EU.
“The European Union itself is not offering that particular therapy program. However, there was a European nation that apparently offered technical assistance along that line, which we have not taken up,” he said.
Abella however refused to identify the country that made the suggestion. “Let’s leave it alone,” he said.