President Rodrigo Duterte pedal backed from his recent accusations against the European Union, now saying that he wants the Philippines and the bloc to keep working together and strengthening ties.
Previously, Duterte accused the region of holding COVID-19 vaccines “hostage.”
“We should continue to redefine, refine and reinforce our ties in face of new challenges and opportunities,” the president told Luc Véron, Ambassador-designate of the EU.
“The Philippines is ready to work constructively with the EU for the greater good of our peoples.”
Specifically, Duterte mentioned cooperation in aspects such as trade and investment through a free trade agreement, as well as in fighting climate change, enhancing cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.