In November, President Rodrigo Duterte maintained the country would not receive aid from the EU for now. He made it clear he did not want aid with any conditions. "Keep your money. Do not meddle with the sovereignty of my country. Do not impose conditions. We are not rich, we are poor. But we do not bargain dignity by accepting money (with) conditionalities that are not really acceptable to us," he said. Why do I feel as though these supposed "conditionalities" are just the EU telling our future dictator to stop militarizing the state and murdering people? Politicians don't give a shit about the poor, as shown by the rejection of this aid which could've gone to so much relief efforts.
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