European embassies’ donations to PH NGOs must have gov’t OK — Locsin

By Consuelo Marquez – Reporter

INQUIRER.net –

European embassies’ donations to PH NGOs must have gov’t OK — Locsin

1 June 2019

MANILA, Philippines — European embassies should first ensure that all
donations to Philippine non-government organizations should be approved
by the government, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy “Boy” Locsin Jr. said
on Saturday.

“Over a month ago I fired off a memo to all our European embassies to
tell their host governments to clear any and all donations to their NGOs
in the Philippines with the Department of Foreign Affairs,” Locsin said
in a tweet.

Over a month ago I fired off a memo to all our European embassies
to tell their host governments to clear any and all donations to their
NGOs in the Philippines with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Or we
will deregister them in the SEC. If that hasn’t been done do it now..

— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) May 31, 2019

Locsin said if his memorandum was not followed, he will “deregister”
certain host governments in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

“Or we will deregister them in the SEC. If that hasn’t been done, do it
now,” Locsin said.

Locsin’s statement came as an Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP)
official disclosed that the European Union (EU) will temporarily hold
its funds for NGOs in the Philippines, which could have links with the
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

AFP deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations Brig. Gen.
Antonio Parlade Jr. said they implemented this after a meeting with
government officials and officials of European Union (EU), the European
Parliament, and the European Commission to request Belgium and EU member
countries to end giving funds to NGOs involved with communist groups.
(Editor: Julie Espinosa)