House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has blasted the European Parliament for allegedly meddling in the country’s affairs.
The European parliament earlier passed a resolution seeking trade sanctions against the Philippines over the alleged poor human rights record of the Duterte administration.
Apart from condemning the alleged extrajudicial killings in Duterte’s drug war, the European parliament asked the government to drop the alleged politically motivated charges against Maria Ressa and renew the broadcast franchise of ABS-CBN network.
Cayetano however hit back at the European solons in his Facebook post, saying the Philippines, as a sovereign nation, deserves respect, and not foreign interference.
He said the EU’s meddling in domestic affairs were “misguided and misinformed infringement” of the country’s sovereignty. He said freedom of speech and press freedom are still protected by the Constitution.
“As a matter of international comity and inter-parliamentary courtesy, the House of the Filipino People would have welcomed its colleagues from the European Union had they sought a dialogue to discuss candidly the purported issues being raised by the European Parliament,” he said.
“We thus take offense that the EU Parliament criticized the Philippine Government first before asking questions, and prior to ascertaining the facts,” he added.
Cayetano also warned the European Parliament that the Philippines may also slap sanctions against them in the future.
“As a sovereign nation, we deserve respect and even support for our right to life and liberty, our sovereign right to self-determination,” he said.
“Sa ating mga kaibigan sa European Parliament, may kasabihan kami dito sa Pilipinas na bilog ang mundo. The day will come – itaga ninyo sa bato – that the Philippines will be in a position to impose economic sanctions on your countries,” he added.