Duterte tells EU ambassadors to leave PH in 24 hours
PRESIDENT Duterte on Thursday told ambassadors of European Union countries to leave the Philippines after he slammed the EU for being critical towards his administration.
“You leave my country in 24 hours. All of you,” Duterte said in a speech during the inauguration of the newlyrenovated press briefing room in Malacañang.
Duterte slammed the EU for supposedly calling the Philippines’ expulsion from the UN.
The EU had no statement calling for the Philippines’ removal from the UN but a seven-member delegation from the Progressive Alliance and the Party of European Socialists visi the country and called on the Duterte administration to stop killing suspected drug addicts and silencing its critics.
It was the New Yorkbased Human Rights Watch that warned the Philippines would be at risk of being removed from the UN Human Rights Council because of alleged human rights violation in the country.
In a statement, the EU said it never called for the ouster of the Philippines from the UN.
“The recent visit of the delegation of the ‘International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance’ to the Philippines on 8-9 October was not a ‘European Union mission,’ as falsely reported by some media outlets,” the EU said.
The EU said it “was not part of the organization or planning of that visit – neither the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines nor the European Union institutions in Brussels.”
“Th e statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union,” it said.
The EU and the Philippines, it said, both “work constructively and productively together in a close partnership in many contexts and areas, including, of course, in the UN context.
“The cooperation covers a very wide range of subjects, including trade, where this year the Philippines made extraordinary progress on its exports to the EU,” it said.
Sought for comment, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said there was no instruction from the President yet as of posting time.
“I was informed that as far as our relevant offices are concerned, at this time, DFA has not received any instructions on the matter,” DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said.