PRRD fed wrong info

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MANILA - A day af­ter Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte launched pro­fan­ity-laced re­marks against the Euro­pean Union (EU), Mala­cañang on Fri­day came to his de­fense, say­ing the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive was merely prompted to take pot­shots at the re­gional bloc af­ter be­ing “fed with wrong in­for­ma­tion.”

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella ex­plained that the Pres­i­dent was not mis­in­formed about the al­leged EU’s pro­posal on the Philip­pines’ ex­pul­sion in the United Na­tions (UN).

Abella then blamed the me­dia over the sup­posed du­bi­ous news re­ports, which “falsely por­trayed” the Euro­pean bloc as the seven del­e­gates from the In­ter­na­tional Pro­gres­sive Al­liance.

“That makes ref­er­ence

to the seven-man team [of Pro­gres­sive Al­liance]. Ba­si­cally that. I mean the fo­cus was on that. And again, the Euro­pean del­e­ga­tion has al­ready is­sued a clar­i­fi­ca­tion that seven-man team was not the EU it­self,” he told Palace re­porters.

“Ba­si­cally, he (Duterte) was re­act­ing to what he was read­ing. He was re­act­ing to what he was read­ing so it’s not a ques­tion of be­ing mis­in­formed, that means to say, be­ing fed with wrong in­for­ma­tion,” the pres­i­den­tial spokesman added.

On Thurs­day, Duterte slammed the EU for al­legedly ad­vo­cat­ing to delist the Philip­pines’ as UN mem­ber-state.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive shrugged off the coun­try’s pos­si­ble re­moval of UN mem­ber­ship and in ex­change, told the EU am­bas­sadors to the Philip­pines to leave “in 24 hours.”

“They threat­ened us that they will have us ex­pelled from the UN. My God, do it, stupid. Do it now,” Duterte said at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of ren­o­vated Palace’s press brief­ing room.

“Now, the am­bas­sadors of those coun­tries lis­ten­ing now, tell me be­cause we can have the di­plo­matic chan­nel cut to­mor­row. You leave my coun­try in 24 hours. All. All of you,” he added.

The EU re­leased a state­ment shortly af­ter Duterte’s pro­nounce­ment, deny­ing that it made a sug­ges­tion to ex­pel the Philip­pines in the UN.

The EU also clar­i­fied that it was not as­so­ci­ated with the Pro­gres­sive Al­liance del­e­ga­tion to the Philip­pines on Oc­to­ber 8 to 9, “as falsely re­ported by some me­dia out­lets.”

“The 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,” the re­gional bloc said in a state­ment.

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