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Mygad mali! Palace blames int’l group for Duterte’s leave order to EU diplomats: It claimed to be a European mission

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Malacañang has blamed a group of European politikos for President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for ambassadors of European Union (EU) countries to leave the Philippines within 24 hours.

Barely two hours after Duterte threatened to cut ties with EU countries Thursday (October 12), presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella issued a statement saying his tirade was a response to the remarks made by a seven-member delegation from the Progressive Alliance (PA).

The group, he said, “has falsely portrayed itself as an EU mission.”

“This delegation’s irresponsible statements protesting the alleged killings under the Duterte administration demean our status as a sovereign nation. The call of the President for EU ambassadors to leave the country in 24 hours must be take in this light,” Abella explained.

Duterte has decided to stop “undue intereferences” in the country’s affairs after tolerating them for “so long,” he added.

The President said the Philippines can survive without assistance from European countries in a speech at the relaunch of the refurbished New Executive Building press briefing room.

“Do not come to this country again. We do not need you,” he said.

Duterte expressed doubt whether the EU can carry out its supposed threat to expel the Philippines from the UN given its ties to non-traditional allies such as Russia and China.

“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 said.

While the EU has not called for the Philippines’ removal from the UN, a delegation from PA and the Party of European Socialists (PES) visited the Philippines recently to call on the government to stop drug-related killings.

In a statement, the PES said “there must be consequences in the Philippines’ inclusion in the special trading instrument of the EU known as GSP+ (generalised scheme of preferences)” if the government fails to uphold human rights standards.