Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Duterte rejected EU invitation in Brussels,as he wont accept 'insults' from them

Now it can be told.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his speech during the 45th anniversary celebration of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) the reason why he rejected the invitation to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels, Belgium in October of this year.

The President said he would not accept “insults” from the European Union, he would not go to Europe only to be ridiculed from his critics there who have blasted and slammed his style of governance and his unrelenting war on illegal drugs.     .

Pres. Duterte during the the 45th anniversary celebration of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) (photo credit to Malacañang Pres. Com.)

“Why am I supposed to be there? To ask me questions? Insultuhin niyo ako? Eh p**a-hin ko kayong lahat doon. Hindi ako presidente na puwede mo lang… sabi ko bahala ka d'yan” Duterte said.

European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen told the media in a press conference while the President was out of the country attending the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi, India, that a formal invitation has already been sent to Malacañang inviting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels, Belgium.

“He’s not been to Europe, and I think he’s actually never been to Europe, and when you think about the importance of the EU-Philippine relationship, it is probably starting to be noticeable that we haven’t had a visit from him,” Jessen said.

“I would very much like him to go there and maybe also to develop his understanding of Europe and what we’re doing in Europe. We are not spending all our time criticizing the Philippines,” the EU ambassador added.
Duterte in the NEDA speech, also said that US President Donald Trump has a standing invitation for him to visit the United States of America. It can be recalled in a leak phone conversation between the two leaders, Trump complimented Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.  .

Two senators from the US made it known that they would lead protests if Duterte will set foot in the White House.

“Sabi ng dalawang senador doon, ‘If that Duterte comes here, we will lead a protest.’ You know guys, you are too presumptuous. Whoever told you that magpunta ako diyan sa lugar ninyo? Anong makuha ko diyan? Anong makita ko?.”

Report from ABS-CBN