EU Member from Hungary Vows Not to Meddle in the Internal Affairs of the Philippines Despite Criticisms


A prominent member of the European Union parliament from Hungary, vowed during an interview with international media that he will not meddle in the internal affairs of the Philippines despite criticisms from the EU calling on Pres. Rody Duterte's administration to drop the Anti-Drug War campaign.


Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters it will never "judge or criticize" Pres. Duterte who was elected by majority of Filipinos during the last presidential elections.

The Hungarian diplomat was quoted as saying "Actually, we are a country which never comments on internal and domestic issues. We understand that it’s only Filipino people who have the right to make a decision about who is leading this country and as we expect others not to judge and criticize our domestic and internal developments, we will never judge and criticize internal developments of other countries,” he said.


Minister Peter Szijjarto was the first foreign minister from the 28-country EU member to visit the Philippines, particularly in Davao City, the hometown of Pres. Rody Duterte.

In an interview with some local media in the Philippines, the Hungarian Minister added further that "Hungary attaches a great significance to the cooperation with the Philippines as the major Christian country in (ASEAN) region," he said.

Foreign affairs acting secretary Enrique Manalo and Szijjarto signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Foreign Service institute and the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IIFAT).

Source: Manila Bulletin


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