PDP-Laban extends help for China landslide victims

July 3 2017 6:45 PM

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.