Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

Press Statement of the EU Delegation to the Philippines regarding alleged funding of NGOs linked to the CPP NPA

Philippines , 30/03/2019 - 08:31, UNIQUE ID: 190330_1
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Since 2005 the EU considers the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army as terrorist groups, which means inter alia that no assets can be held in EU by these organisations. Responding to the allegations put forward by the Philippine Government in January against a specific Philippine NGO, the EU conducted an audit of the funds from the EU that allegedly were funnelled from that NGO to the NPA or the CPP, but has so far not been able to verify the allegations. It should be noted that so far the NGO is fully registered and continues to operate legally in the Philippines.

The EU received a Philippine Delegation in Brussels in February to better understand the precise content on the allegations. During the meeting the EU declared that it stands ready to receive precise information that would enable it to further evaluate and verify the allegations. Should the allegations be established, the EU immediately would take full legal action.

On 28 March, the EU received a set of documents concerning the more specific allegations by the Government. The EU now will verify and evaluate these documents. A financial audit by an external company is due to be conducted in April.

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