Palace thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2018 05:27 PM

European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, January 18, 2018. Francois Lenoir, Reuters

MANILA - Malacañang on Monday thanked the European Union for its €3.8 million (P242.4 millon) aid meant for the Philippines’ drug rehabilitation program, even as it maintained Manila will not accept aid that comes with conditions.

“We thank the European Union for offering 3.8 million Euros aid to fund the drug rehabilitation centers in the country. The President, as we all know, is amenable to accepting any aid but without any unilateral conditions. He will reject, as he did in previous occasions, offer of assistance with any condition that would interfere with our domestic policies,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a news conference in Malacañang.

Roque said the EU aid “runs parallel with the Duterte administration's holistic approach to the drug problem by treating it not just [as] a national security issue but a public health concern as well including rehabilitation and reintegration of the drug dependents.”

“Certainly their assistance, without conditionalities, will be channeled to the Department of Health and will be a big boost to our drug rehabilitation program,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at the EU for its criticism of the war on drugs, which has claimed 4,000 in police operations.

Duterte earlier rejected a P380 million aid from the EU because of supposed conditions tied to human rights.