China do­nates P65M for wounded soldiers

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MANILA - China has do­nated P65 mil­lion for the wounded soldiers fight­ing Is­lamist mil­i­tants in the strife-torn Marawi City.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte wit­nessed the turnover of the check from Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to the Philip­pines Zhao Jian­hua to the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) at the Mala­cañang Palace.

The Com­man­der-in-Chief was ac­com­pa­nied by De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana, For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano, and AFP chiefof-staff Gen­eral Eduardo Año.

In a press state­ment, Mala­cañang said Duterte was grate­ful for China's fi­nan­cial do­na­tion for the soldiers who sus­tained in­juries in the on­go­ing armed con­flict in Marawi City.

It added that the Pres­i­dent as­sured that the do­na­tions re­ceived by his ad­min­is­tra­tion "would be put to good use."

"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," it 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.

In June, China do­nated P15 mil­lion for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Marawi City.

It also granted mil­i­tary aid pack­age that in­cludes ri­fles and am­mu­ni­tions in­tended for the counter-ter­ror­ism ef­forts in Marawi City.

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