DAVAO CITY, June 30, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the People’s Republic of China for millions of pesos worth of immediate military aid, during a ceremonial turnover held Jun. 28, at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat City, Pampanga.
“When I first visited China in October 2016, our governments agreed on the need to address the emerging threat of terrorism and piracy in Mindanao. Beijing expressed willingness to unconditionally help the Philippines. I saw as a sign of goodwill on the part of our friends, so I accepted their offer,” President Duterte said.
“Seven months after my visit, terrorist groups advocating the Daesh ideology launched a rebellion in Marawi City. Our troops valiantly fought to retake the city. China reiterated its offer to help. As a result, our governments formally entered into two agreements where China committed to turn over five hundred-ninety million pesos worth of military equipment to help in our campaign against ISIS-inspired terrorist holding up in Marawi,” he said.
“To Ambassador Zhao, please relay our sincerest thanks to President Xi Jinping and the government of the People’s Republic of China for its military aid package. I will receive today in behalf of the Philippine government. This is not only to strengthen our countries’ commitment to support each other during times of need, but also highlights the dawn of the new era in Philippines-Chinese relations,” he said.
Duterte said the government was looking forward to the foreign assistance promised by international partners to rebuild Marawi City.
“As our troops wrap up our operations against the remaining terrorists in Marawi, I also welcome out international partners into looking forward to rebuilding the city. This invitation extends to our allies who share with the principles of goodwill and non-interference in our domestic affairs. Though the unrelenting efforts of the brave men and women of the AFP and PNP, and the assistance of our friends and allies, I am confident that we can end this dark episode and move on to restoring peace and order throughout Mindanao,” he said.