Locsin : PH can do without Iceland-reso states' money

Locsin : PH can do without Iceland-reso states' money

The country is making a stand.
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. relayed via social media that the country can manage without the loans from states that voted in favor of an Iceland-led resolution, which sought a review of the human rights situation in the country.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr.
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"We don't need the money; we've more than enough without turning to anyone outside except Japan of course whose generosity is unconditional, quick; and whose motivation is honestly to help the Philippines. The rest are tongue in cheek and negligible," Locsin said on his official Twitter account.
An article that was published in Inquirer last September 20mreported that the Office of the President (OP) issued a so called “confidential memorandum” suspending the negotiations or signing of all loans and grants, from the 18 nations that backed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution.
France and Sweden were among the non-members that co-sponsored the resolution last July, while the 18 UNHRC member-states that voted "yes" were Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland, and Uruguay.

The country is not worried since the loans and the grants is “nothing big” based from the information received by the foreign secretary.
"If it is a memo it is in effect. The amounts I hear from time, nothing big. Mostly DOF's (Department of Finance) remit. Not new; long been turning down European grants with onerous or meddling conditions," he noted.
In addition, Locsin reminded that foreign grants to local non-government organizations (NGOs) now require clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) as pre requisite for such grant.
"I have banned European grants to NGOs unless cleared by DFA and NICA," he said.

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