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PH to EU Parliament: Let’s be partners in nation-building

The Philippine government has called on the European Parliament to engage the country as “partners in nation-building” instead of warning the drug crackdown might jeopardize trade relations.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella maintained the government does not tolerate extrajudicial killings and will continue to abide by international commitments to human rights.

EU ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen earlier warned that the country’s trade with Europe might be affected if Manila would disregard warnings about alleged rights abuses associated with President Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.

The European bloc reportedly plans to monitor the Philippines’ compliance to United Nations conventions and determine the impact of the findings on trade relations with the country.

“The Head of the Task Force on Extrajudicial Killings of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Commissioner Gwen Gana, has stated that their initial findings determined that extrajudicial killings are not state-sponsored. Non-trade accusations, especially if baseless and undeserved, should therefore not be linked with trade programs,” Abella said.

“We would rather that the European Parliament engage us as partners in nation-building, as the visionary EU business community seems to intend themselves,” he added.

Abella assured that policemen are conducting legitimate police operations that require observance of operational protocols. Police authorities who breach procedures are answerable to the law, he said.

“We assure our friends and allies that the Philippines will respect its international commitments,” he said.

He said the President’s war against dangerous drug traffickers intends to protect the innocent which illegal drugs would destroy.

“The citizens appreciate the long awaited peace and order under President Duterte,” he said.

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