The Duterte administration's rejection of EU support is but the latest tool deployed by the administration to evade accountability over criticisms of its campaign against drugs which has killed thousands of poor people.
It is incumbent upon new DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano to convince the world that we intend to uphold the country's responsibility to the community of nations despite this development.
Sec. Cayetano should show not just the EU, but the United Nations as well that government is addressing the killings, instead of blaming the opposition or fudging his own interpretation of facts.
We also believe that the Duterte administration's pivot to Chinese loans for its build, build, build strategy carries its own risks. Chinese investments are not only laden with...Read more