The country’s ruling political party, the PDP-Laban, has extended financial assistance for landslide victims in a province of China.
“This donation by PDP Laban is an affirmation of the friendship between the Philippines and China,” said the party president and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III in a statement Monday, July 3.
President Rodrigo Duterte is chairman of PDP-Laban.
Pimentel did not say how much how much the party donated to the victims, except saying the money was received by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua in a simple ceremony at the Ambassador’s Residence.
The PDP Laban delegation was led by its vice chair and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, along with former Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos, Transco President and CEO Melvin Matibag, and the chair of PDP Laban’s Public Information Committee, Ron Munsayac.
“Our Chinese friends were there when we needed assistance for the displaced residents of Marawi. It is only proper that Filipinos also offer what we can to help during their time of need,” the statement quoted Cusi as saying.
China had also donated ₱15 million to help those displaced by the conflict in Marawi City.
Pimentel said the “reciprocal donations” were indicative of the closer ties between China and the Philippines, as well as their ruling political parties.
In February, PDP Laban and the Communist Party of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing friendly ties between the two ruling parties.