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Tiba-tiba tayo! Gov’t has ‘huge slabs of bacon’ to make up for lost EU aid — Palace

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Malacañang is confident that the government can make do without future grants from the European Union (EU) if they will be offered to the country with strings attached.

In a press briefing Thursday (May 18), presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said President Rodrigo Duterte has shown he can bring in foreign aid from various sources.

“As you can very well see from the past achievements of the President, he has brought in an enormous amount — huge slabs of bacon,” he said.

Abella said the country’s performance as the second fastest growing economy in Asia should be an assurance that the government can sustain projects that may be left without funds if they fall under the grants from EU that the administration rejects.

“I think we need to gain a certain — a certain confidence in ourselves you know. And that this is exactly the kind of mentality I think that the President wants the Filipinos to avoid: a mendicant attitude, you know,” he said.

“We’re not giving you a spin. The economic results that was — that we are growing and, in fact, we are improving and we can manage,” Abella added.

The Palace official clarified that the government is not rejecting all forms of aid from EU, but only future grants “that may allow it to interfere with the internal policies of the Philippines.”

EU’s aid to the Philippines, bulk of which goes to Muslim communities, is estimated to be worth about $278 million or 50 million Euros.