MANILA—All donations from European countries intended for Filipinos must first be approved by the Philippine government, Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro "Teddy" Locsin Jr. said Saturday.
Organizations that do not comply with the directive issued last month would be "deregistered" from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Locsin said in a tweet.
"Over a month ago I fired off a memo to all our European embassies to tell their host governments to clear any and all donations to their NGOs in the Philippines with the Department of Foreign Affairs," he said.
"If that hasn’t been done, do it now," he said.
Locsin posted the tweet about 2 months after the European Union said it would probe the supposed diversion of its aid to the communist movement through non-government organizations (NGOs).
“On 28 March, the EU received a set of documents concerning the more specific allegations by the Government. The EU now will verify and evaluate these documents. A financial audit by an external company is due to be conducted in April,” the EU statement read.
Since 2005, the European bloc identified the New People's Army — the Communist Party of the Philippines' armed wing — as a "terrorist group."