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Ping: Significant shift

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said yesterday that President Duterte’s decision to reject foreign aid with strings attached such as the $278.73 million in grants from the European Union for development projects in Mindanao shows a significant shift in the country’s foreign policy.

The Philippines will no longer accept assistance from the European Union, forgoing grants possibly worth more than 250 million euros ($278.7 million or around P13 billion) for development projects in the country.

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THE election of Emmanuel Macron as the new president of France was welcomed by many world leaders who had feared that France might go the way of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) with their inward-looking protectionist policies.

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The Philippine government has congratulated new French President-elect Emmanuel Macron on his victory and vowed to enhance closer relations between the two countries under his administration.

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Relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and international partners could be “much more valuable and stronger” if there is mutual respect of sovereignty and non-interference on internal affairs, President Duterte said yesterday.

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Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

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