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Tao ang talo! Robredo dismayed by Duterte’s ban on loans, aid from 18 countries backing UN probe of drug war

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Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed disappointment at President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to shun loans and financial assistance from the countries supporting the United Nations’ (UN) probe on the administration’s war on drugs.

On her radio show “Biserbisyong Leni” Sunday (September 22), Robredo said the funds rejected by the government could’ve been used to augment the budget for programs to help the poor.

“Okay lang sana kung mayroon tayong perang pangpalit, pero kung walang perang pangpalit— pareho din, na iyong magsasakripisyo iyong dapat sana beneficiaries nitong mga programang ito,” she said.

“Nakakalungkot dahil pandagdag na sana ito sa programa para sa mga mahihirap,” Robredo added.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea ordered all government agencies in an August 27 memo to suspend all negotiations or signing of all loan and grant agreements with countries which voted in favor of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council which sought a comprehensive written report on the Philippines’ human right situation.

The 18 countries which voted in favor of the resolution were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Uruguay.

Malacañang denied the President issued a memo but a copy was posted on the Bureau of Customs’ website until early Saturday (September 21).

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