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By Prince Golez

Malacañang clarified on Tuesday that only members of the European Parliament, not the European Commission, wanted to revoke the exports tariff exemption of the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the comment after Vice President Leni Robredo said about 200,000 Filipino workers could lose their jobs if the EU withdraws the country’s trading privileges.

“Mukhang nagpapakalat po ng hindi naman pong tamang mga baltia ang ating Bise Presidente at ang kanya mga kaalyado,” Roque said in a televised briefing.

“Hindi ang European Union or EU ang nagbanta ng trade sanctions. Ilang miyembro lang po ng European Parliament ang nag-issue ng resolution ukol dito. Ang European Parliament po ay isa lang sa mga institution ng European Union, ngunit ang institution na nagpapatakbo ng European Union ay ang European Commission,” according to him.

“Tanging ang European Commission lang po ang may kapangyarihan na mag-withdraw ng GSP preference at sa ngayon po wala pa namang bansa na winithdraw nila ang GSP preference. Isa naman po itong kasinungalingan ng mga kalaban ni Presidente at ng administrasyong Duterte,” he concluded.

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