By Genalyn Kabiling
In another sign of improving ties with the Philippines, the government of China has donated P65 million for the treatment of soldiers injured in the fighting in Marawi City.
The latest donation from China was offered by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a meeting with President Duterte in Malacañang on Wednesday. Duterte witnessed the turnover of the check to Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año.
“Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua handed over a P65-million worth of check for wounded-in-action soldiers in the ongoing siege in Marawi City,” the Palace statement read.
The President extended his gratitude to China for the latest assistance to government troops, especially those recovering from injuries in Marawi City.
“President Duterte said the assistance provided would be of great help to the government as it pursues the final stages of its operations against the Maute terrorists in Mindanao,” he said.
“He also expressed the Filipino people’s gratitude for China’s continuous assistance to the country during the ongoing rebellion in the Islamic city,” he added.
Back in June, China donated P15 million to the Philippine government for the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.
It also sent a shipment of high-powered assault and sniper rifles and ammunition to the Armed Forces during the same month.
The President decided to send the China-made weapons to the soldiers battling terrorists in Marawi.
“The Chief Executive assured that the donations received by his administration would be put to good use,” the Palace said.
Also present in the meeting were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.