Saturday| May 20, 2017
Countries in the European Union (EU) are pressuring the Philippines to legalize abortion and drug use. The government would rather forego aid than give in to unacceptable demands,
DFA Sec. Cayetano told reporters the EU agenda of legalizing abortion and drug possession is totally unacceptable not only to the government but to the Philippines, a Catholic country.
He described relations between the Philippines and the 28-member bloc as “rocky” and on a “roller coaster.”
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
“They want abortion to be legalized here. That’s the condition of some countries like the Netherlands,” said the former senator who was plucked out of Congress to help President Rodrigo Duterte execute his “independent foreign policy.”
Cayetano only learned the demand of Netherland earlier this month in periodic review of UNHRC in Geneve, Switzerland.
“They want to legalize the possession of drugs for personal use. How can that be accepted here, what will you do with money when you have so many addicts. Their demands are not in the grants, but we have to read between the lines,” Cayetano said
DFA Sec. Cayetano would meet EU ambassador to PH Franz Jessen after joining the President's official visit to Russia next week.
“The ball is actually in the hands of EU to tell us that there are no strings attached and that the money is for humanitarian help. Second, that they will not interfere with our internal affairs. Third, we want to hear from them that they support our law and order campaign. They have been saying that, but once they see that somebody is killed, they will say it is not rule of law. What do they want to see, policemen being killed?” he said.
“So, we have good relations with EU but it’s going to a rocky period, it is like a roller-coaster ride. But we are in this ride together,” he said.
“I think are many miscommunications here. We are drawing the red line and we, as a country, are independent.”
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