Economic Team Not Consulted in Rejection of EU Aid; Might Recommend Retraction of Decision

President Rodrigo Duterte’s rejection of European Union aid came as a surprise to officials in foreign affairs and economic agencies. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia insists that the economic team was not consulted, contrary to the claim of Duterte’s spokesman that the decision came from the Department of Finance. Pernia added that this should not be considered as administration policy, as he and the secretaries of budget and finance are studying if they would recommend to Duterte the…

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