- President Duterte told EU to mind their own business
- The President said the union should not impose their beliefs and culture to the Philippines
- The EU earlier warned the Philippines could lose billions of dollars in trade deals if judicial concerns persist in the country
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 19, slammed the European Union (EU) for trying to interfere on the domestic affairs of the Philippines. He told the political and economic union of 28 countries not to impose their beliefs and cultures in other countries.
“Do not impose your culture or your belief… Do not impose in other countries especially to us. Ito, paborito nila itong mga [they always pick on) ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) countries,” GMA quoted President Duterte as saying before the Filipino community in Myanmar late Sunday evening.
“Why are you trying to impose on us? Why don’t you mind your own business? Why’d you have to f*** with us? [expletive],” he added.
The President’s statement came following the EU’s warning that the Philippines could possibly lose billions of dollars in trade deals with members of the union if judicial concerns persist in the country.
“We are concerned about some of the issues here in the Philippines: the reinstatement of the death penalty, also the extrajudicial killings and the proposal to lower the judicial responsibility age to nine years – and this is also some of the concerns that we have conveyed to our partners here in the Philippines,” European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malstro said.
“We have, right now, an agreement between us called GSP+ which opens up good trade possibilities, but it is also subject to certain measures … We’re discussing this with our partners,” Malstrom has added.