Chief economist to appeal Duterte decision

  The country's chief economist will appeal President Duterte's decision to reject the 250-million euro aid from the European Union (EU) even as the government expects more grants from China.   Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the decision to decline EU aid was not a policy and would be implemented only for that specific grant.   "Projects [funded by the EU] on stream will continue," said Pernia, head of the National Economic and Development Authority.   Noting that the decision was never discussed in Cabinet meetings, Pernia said the President was generally "open to suggestion."   "We have to parse this carefull...

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