[Trending Now] EU Is Still Supporting PH's War Against Drugs Despite Duterte's Harsh Words
Regardless of the remarks given by PH President Rodrigo Duterte to the European Union (EU) due to its assessment of the increasing summa...
Regardless of the remarks given by PH President Rodrigo Duterte to the European Union (EU) due to its assessment of the increasing summary executions in the Philippines, the 28-member bloc mentions it has a fund to assist the program for the rehabilitation of drug users in PH.
Franz Jessen, EU Ambassador to the Philippines, said he heightened their concern due to EU being placed in bad light and “continued to draw headlines during the past week.”
Duterte, who has been said to have a foul mouth, has been cursing EU in after a five-page resolution expressing their concern for the number of executions done by police and vigilantes in the country has been made public.
To deal with harsh criticism, Jessen kept himself occupied by reading “Dusk (Po-On)” by F. Sionil Jose, a National Artist.
Jessen mentioned in his letter posted on EU website, “I was impressed seeing that his mother showed him the value of reading despite the hardship they lived in. Values are what bring societies forward, and reading enriches life.”
He also said that “Dusk” is a historical novel that portrays the 19 century.
“Not only am I learning about the colonial times and problems, but I am also getting to know Pangasinan much better,” he added.
In spite of the criticisms given by President Duterte, EU still extends its support for the programs in PH.
Jessen said on his letter last Friday, “We are supporting the Philippines on many different fronts.”
To defeat drug abuse in the Philippines, Jessen said that the EU delegation and the Department of Health are working closely.
“The Philippines and the EU are part of the international community where we learn from each other, we share experiences and we work together to address shared problem,” he said.
He then added, “Drug abuse is a shared problem, and it has international and national dimensions.”
The fund assistance of the EU amounts to P3 billion annually and the bulk going to the health sector based on Jessen.
He also met the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza bolster the EU-Philippines cooperation for the implementation of the peace agreement in Mindanao.
“When we support, we do so in an open and transparent manner, emphasizing, of course, the basic values and objectives of the EU, be it fighting climate change, reducing poverty, improving the situation of women or human rights,” Jessen said.