Rejected foreign aid could have boosted gov’t programs - Robredo

Rejected foreign aid could have boosted gov’t programs - Robredo



Why waste much needed foreign financial aid.
This seems to be one of the subtle message of Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo when she heard that the Duterte administration ordered to suspend the financial aid from countries who supported the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution calling for a probe into the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s brutal war on drugs.

The Vice President said in her weekly radio show “BISErbisyong Leni,”  that the money that the Duterte administration refused could have been used as additional budget for some programs of the government for the poor.

VP Leni Robredo
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“It would have been OK if we had our own money to replace it, but if we don’t have any, the beneficiaries of these programs would be the ones who would sacrifice,” Robredo, speaking in Filipino, said in her weekly radio show.

“It’s sad because this could have been additional funding for programs for the poor,” she added
The Vice President was reacting to the supposed confidential memorandum from the Office of the President as alleged by Inquirer that ordered the suspension of all negotiations or signing of all loan and grant agreements with the countries that voted in favor of the UNHRC resolution.


There are 18 nations that voted in favor of the Iceland-sponsored UNHRC resolution namely- 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.


No such Memo


Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo denies the existence of such memo which calls for the suspension of all financial assistance from the 18 countries.

“The President has not issued any memorandum suspending loans and negotiations involving 18 countries that voted in favor of the Iceland resolution,” Panelo said.









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