Philippines declines US development aid package to focus on rebuilding Marawi

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has opted out of a major US development aid programme that requires recipients to support democracy and fight corruption, the two countries said on Tuesday.
Duterte spokesman Harry Roque said Manila decided against negotiating a second “compact” with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which provided US$433.9 million for Philippine anti-poverty projects in 2010.
“We have opted to withdraw from the second…