China turns over P590-M
military aid to the Philippines
CLARK, Pampanga, June 28 -- The People's Republic of China, through
Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, on Wednesday turned over some
PHP590 million worth of military aid package to President Rodrigo Duterte in
relation with the emerging threat of terrorism and piracy in Marawi City.
Jinhua turned over 3,000 riffles with 5 million ammunition and 90 units
sniper rifles with 800,000 ammunition.
The military aid package was delivered at the Harrison Landing Zone, Clark
Freeport, on board a two-cargo Ilyushin IL76 Chinese Military plane.
President Duterte, in his speech, said the firearms donation is one of the
defense cooperation matters discussed by the People's Republic of China
President Xi Jin Ping in his visit to China last October 2016, as part of
the military package to the Philippines, in relation with the emerging
threat of terrorism and piracy in Mindanao.
The Chief Executive relayed his sincerest thanks to Xi Jin Ping through
Jianhua for the assistance extended to the country that could help in the
national government's campaign against the ISIS-inspired terrorism in Marawi.
"This will not only strengthen our commitment to support each other in the
times of need but this will highlight the dawn of a new era in
Philippine-Chinese relations ," the President said.
As the troops in Marawi wrap up the operations against the remaining
terrorists in the area, the President said he welcomed the assistance of the
China government to the victims and in rebuilding the city with the
non-interference in the state of affairs of the national government.
"I am confident that we will end this dark episode and move on in rebuilding
the city back to its normal life," he said.
The President stressed that for as long as the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) says it is not safe, martial law will stay in Marawi
He furthered that the ISIS needs to be dealt with the same ferocity but not
the same brutality.
Jianhua, for his part, said that the donations of firearms of the Republic
of China to the Philippines is a demonstration of the growing bilateral
relationship of the two countries, and also a demonstration of friendly and
cooperative relationship between the militaries.
"President Duterte's presence in this turnover ceremonies highlights great
importance he attached between the bilateral relations of the two
governments,” Jianhua added.
He also expressed sincere appreciation to President Duterte for his friendly
policy to China and cooperative policy towards China.
“The donation is not fake, it is not fake in the sense it marks a new era
between two military forces of China and Philippines. I know you are
fighting against ISIS related terrorism, the donation of arms to the AFP
will contribute the battle against ISIS,” Jianhua said.
He said the 50 million yuan firearms donation is but the first batch of
firearms, adding that they will deliver the second batch in the coming
"Terrorism is an enemy that both China and Philippines are facing and
requires two military's joint military exercises to fight,” Jianhua said.
Aside from PHP15 million donation earlier that China has extended for the
rehabilitation of Marawi, Jianhua announced to donate PHP5 million to
families of the soldiers killed in battle and to wounded soldiers.
“We will help not only the fight against terrorism but also to rehabilitate
and reconstruct the conflict-affected areas in Marawi. I hope the China
participation in the rehabilitation of Mindanao will help the comprehensive
settlement of the issue of terrorism,” Jianhua said.
"China is your good neighbor, good partner and your good relatives and China
will remain so in the many years to come,” he added. (Marna Dagumboy-Del