News Release

President Duterte thanks China for assistance to wounded soldiers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, September 13, expressed gratitude for the assistance of China to soldiers who sustained injuries in the conflict in Marawi City.

The Chief Executive witnessed the turnover of financial donation from the Chinese Embassy to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Malacañan Palace.

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.

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 also expressed the Filipino people’s gratitude for China’s continuous assistance to the country during the ongoing rebellion in the Islamic city.

In June, China donated a military aid package which includes rifles and ammunitions intended for the counterterrorism efforts in Marawi City.

The Chief Executive assured that the donations received by his administration would be put to good use.

President Duterte was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, and AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año. ###PND