US Withholds Aid to the Philippines Due to Human Rights Concerns

The United States, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, has withheld aid to the Philippines because of concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment to due process and the rule of law. The previous, five-year package worth $434 million aimed at reducing poverty ended last May. Another review is up in March next year, but the administration is already downplaying its impact, citing improving ties with other…

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