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EU Member Vows Not To Interfere Or Criticize Duterte

Péter Szijjártó , a top diplomat from the Hungarian government, which is a member of the European Union (EU), was the first foreign minister from 28-country EU to visit the Philippines, particularly Davao City, the hometown of President Duterte.

Péter Szijjártó vows that it will not criticize in the internal affairs of the Philippines despite criticisms from the EU calling on Duterte administration to drop the anti-drug war campaign.

Hungarian foreign and trade minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters it will never “judge or criticize” the country’s leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected by the Filipinos in May 2016.

“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.

“Hungary attaches a great significance to the cooperation with the Philippines as a 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).