- European Union denied ties with delegation that visited PH
- It said group did not represent it, went on its own account
- EU also said it continues to maintain normal relations with PH
MANILA, Philippines – Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest tirade and threat to have its ambassadors expelled, the European Union (EU) issued a statement denying any ties with the delegation that originally incurred his wrath with its visit to the country early this week.
“The EU Delegation to the Philippines wishes to clarify that the European Union had no involvement whatsoever in the visit of the seven-member delegation of the “International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance” to the Philippines, which took place 8 – 9 October in Manila, and consisted of representatives from Sweden, Germany, Italy, Australia and the US. It included one German Member of the European Parliament,” the EU said in a press statement.
Saying the problem was exacerbated by media outlets describing the delegation as an official mission, the EU said Progressive Alliance went on its own account and is solely responsible for its members’ statements.
“The recent visit of the delegation of the “International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance” to the Philippines on 8-9 October was not a “European Union mission”, as falsely reported by some media outlets,” it said. “The European Union was not part of the organization or planning of that visit – neither the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines nor the European Union institutions in Brussels. The statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union.”
The EU also stressed that relations between it and the Philippines continues to run normally.
“The Delegation continues to operate and function normally, and is committed to working constructively and productively with the Philippines for the benefit of the population,” it said.