GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — The European Union (EU) has said it would conduct a new probe on allegations its aid is being diverted to communist rebels through a non-profit organization in the Philippines.
The EU said a fresh audit of its grants in the country would be conducted in April after receiving an intelligence report from the military in late March.
The Philippine government first raised the issue to the bloc in January, accusing a local NGO of funneling EU aid to the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army for years.
Philippine authorities again called for an investigation on the matter on March 28. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the funds are being used to “finance terrorist front organizations” and recruit children to become child warriors.
The rebels have been at war with the government since 1969 in a conflict that killed at least 40,000 people.