Last Thursday, December 15, 2016, the United States said it was not renewing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant because of "significant concerns" about the rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina said in a statement emailed to Agence France-Presse, the Philippines was not selected for a new Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant because "....the Board's significant concerns around rule of law and civil liberties in the Philippines,"
The grant which expired this year was worth $433.9 million.
In a reaction to the news of the MCC grant being stopped, Duterte said that since Donald Trump did not show any animosity towards him, it was probably President Barack Obama's last move to undermine his presidency.
Although the US government set up the MCC on the pretext of promoting economic growth and reducing poverty around the world, it has become obvious that there is another objective. The Millennium Challenge grant is also intended to control the recipient's actions because it will be withheld if the recipient country goes against the wishes of the United States.
Withholding the grant shows that the United States is insincere in helping the poor because stopping the grant to the Philippines has nothing to do with the poor.
The MCC stopped the grant because they disagree with President Duterte's war on drugs which ironically is helping the poor the most.