China donates P22M to PH Embassy to aid quake-hit Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese government has donated about P22 million (3 million RMB) to the Philippines to aid victims and support disaster relief efforts in quake-stricken Mindanao.
In a statement on Friday, the Chinese embassy expressed its “deepest sympathy” to families who were affected by the series of strong earthquakes that struck Mindanao and left several people dead and injured.
“The Chinese government expresses its deepest sympathy to those affected families and decided to donate 3 million RMB (approximately 22 million pesos) through the Embassy in the Philippines to aid the victims and support the disaster relief efforts by the Philippine government in Mindanao and help local residents return to normal life,” the statement read.
At least 16 people were killed from two major earthquakes this week in Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao. In early October, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Cotabato, which killed 6 people.
Around 19,000 people were displaced from their homes due to the tremors this week.
Small to moderate-sized earthquakes are expected to continue for several days to weeks.
China said it was confident that “under the strong leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte and the government of the Philippines, the Philippine people will overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland as soon as possible.”
Duterte has pursued warmer ties with Beijing when he became President in 2016 in exchange for potential economic investments.
The Philippines and China have been rivals for years mainly due to competing claims over the South China Sea./ac
Inquirer calls for support for the victims of earthquakes in Mindanao
Responding to appeals for help, the Inquirer is extending its relief to the families affected by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao.
Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.
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