'PH loses million deals due to human rights accusations like what Leni did'

Because of "wrongful" accusations of human rights violations in the country, the Philippines has lost $434 million in grants from the United States and trade agreements with the European Union, according to Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno.

He said a concreted effort to raise human rights issues and pressure to free Senator Leila de Lima have arised.

“The United States has not renewed its Millennium Challenge Corporation grant to the Philippines expiring in May this year because of alleged human rights violations being propagated by many sectors and just recently by Vice President Leni Robredo,” Sueno said.

The US Embassy announced the non-renewal grant in December last year.

The MCC rant aims to promote economic growth and reduce poverty around the world.

According to Sueno, the 27 trade agreements between the European Union and the Philippines were connected with the condition to uphold of human rights.

He said, “Our government is now accused of violating human rights,” he said. “So we stand to lose in this 27 trade agreements.”

The EU is also threatening to impose tariffs on Philippine products which Sueno said would greatly affect farmers.

According to Sueno, Duterte said the Philippines could survive without the grants and agreements, because he was determined to stamp out the drug problem.

Source: Inquirer