Philippines could soon lose GSP+ privilege with EU if nothing done

President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly pushed back against the European Union, as he defended his war on drugs from international criticism.

The EU is reviewing the Philippines' inclusion in its GSP+ scheme, which grants zero tariffs to select exports, with results expected by early next year.

On Wednesday, the President again lashed out at the EU after it said in its 2016 Human Rights Report that the rights situation had "considerably worsened" due to the war on drugs.

The President's special envoy to the EU, former senator Edgardo Angara, said it was unlikely that the Philippines would lose its GSP+ privilege, as long as some concerns are addressed.

"That’s what I’m most fearful about. It’s possible, but not probable if we can do some quick remedial actions," Angara told ANC's Headstart.

Aside from trade, the EU is also a major source of aid, having contributed to relief from Super Typhoon Yolanda, one of the deadliest and most powerful storms in history.

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