China has donated a total amount of P90 million to the Philippines, as aid to the victims of the Super Typhoon Lawin (Haima) that badly hit Northern Luzon last week, leaving 12 people dead and billions of pesos in damages of crops and properties. But while many Filipinos are happy with this gesture, Senator Leila de Lima expressed doubts about it.
According to a press release posted at the official website of the Chinese Embassy to the Philippines this Monday, October 14, the Chinese government donated P50 million to the Duterte government as financial assistance to the Typhoon Lawin victims. China also committed an amount of RMB 5 million (around P35 million) for the same purpose.
In addition, the Red Cross Society of China is also set to donate $100,000 to the Philippines. So all in all, the Chinese government will be donating around P90 million as financial aid for the relief operations for the fishermen and farmers of the affected regions. The announcement of the said donation comes 3 days after President Duterte visited China.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed sympathy and condolences to the visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their bilateral talk in Beijng on October 20. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has also expressed his sympathy to the Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay.” A statement reads on the said press release.
“The Chinese side is confident that under the leadership of President Duterte, people in the stricken areas will overcome the calamity and return to their normal work and lives as soon as possible,” The Chinese Embassy to the Philippines added, as the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) continues to distribute relief goods.
Meanwhile, Sen. de Lima appears to be not convinced with the intention of China, and even mocked the earlier statement of DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. In an ambush interview on Monday afternoon, the neophyte senator noted that the Chinese government was not among the big donors when Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban back in November 2013.
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“Kung talagang gusto nilang (China) tumulong, bakit ngayon lang? Ito din kaya ang dahilan kung bakit hindi halos pinag-usapan ang South China Sea nung nandoon ang ating pangulo? (If China really wanted to help, why only now? Is this also the reason why South China Sea was only the least topic when the president was there?)” She said.