Palace says no directive for EU envoys to leave PH: Duterte ain’t talking about them
Ambassadors of countries comprising the European Union need not leave the Philippines despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for them to do so immediately, Malacañang said Friday (October 13).
“There’s no need — there’s no directive to do that,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said when asked if an EU envoy should leave the country after Duterte told them in a speech to leave within 24 hours.
Abella said “there’s some conversation going on” about the prospect of apologizing to the European Union after Duterte lashed out at the bloc for supposedly threatening to expel the Philippines from the United Nations.
In a speech at the relaunch of the refurbished New Executive Building press briefing room Thursday (October 12), Duterte told EU envoys not to return to the Philippines because they’re not needed.
“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.
Abella, however, clarified that the President’s expression of outrage was in reaction to a statement made by seven-member delegation from the Progressive Alliance (PA) calling for an end to drug-related killings.
The group, he said, “has falsely portrayed itself as an EU mission.”