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The developmental projects which the European Union (EU) is funding in the Philippines will continue “unless it is specifically objected to,” Malacañang said Thursday (May 18).

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the government is assuming regularity in the EU’s existing aid to the country.

“If it was allowed and accepted and nothing was found to be objectionable, well, it will continue. That’s the assumption, okay,” he said when asked about EU’s ongoing projects in the Philippines.

Abella said the government has only decided to reject future aid from EU that will allow it to “interfere” with the country’s affairs.

The worth of the grants that will be turned down by the country is estimated to be $280 million.

Among the projects EU is funding include development and peace initiatives for Mindanao.