On October 8, 2009, the Inquirer reported:
MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) The European Union on Thursday said it would give 3.9 million euros (about $5.8 million or P270 million) to the Philippines to help the government stop extra-judicial killings and disappearances of activists.
EU Ambassador Alistair MacDonald and Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita signed the financing agreement for the EU-Philippines Justice Support Programme which is intended to speed up judicial proceedings against the perpetrators of such killings.
The money will cover over a period of 18 months (from the end of the year to March 2011) the establishment of a national monitoring system to help government and non-government groups track the progress in preventing such incidents.
Need I say more? Here are some insightful comments from those who also read the report:
Sounds like giving aid to the one orchestrating these disappearances…one for the books! —jong
Gloria is licking her greedy lips. Dagdag puhunan para sa 2010 eleksyon. —jerry michael
The reason EU is helping is that numerous EU nationals are getting killed in the country. It could be their belief that bringing perpetrators to justice will stop all the killing. Probably they failed to anticipate that the law enforcers might just give them fall guys to appease them. The EU nationals are in the line of fire since they are mostly involved in social development. The only way they could protect their nationals is the American way, social development with full military escort. –jun tragar
Didn’t the European Union consider Alston’s report pointing to the military as allegedly behind these extra-judicial killings of leftist activists? Yes, financing this Justice Support Programme may be a noble undertaking but if only one side is sincere while the other is not, and this “other one” is at the implementing end of the bargain, how can we expect a good and honest result?