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CHINA DONATES P5M TO PHILIPPINES TROOPS ENGAGED IN MARAWI CITY OPERATIONS

MANILA-- The People's Republic of China (PRC) has donated PHP (pesos) 5 million to troops engaged in the ongoing clearing operations against Maute Group remnants in the southern Marawi City.

This was bared by Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo AAo in a statement Wednesday.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua handed the PHP5-million check to the AFP chief during a ceremony Tuesday at the Hall of Flags, General Headquarters Building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

AAo expressed the AFP's appreciation for China's donation.

On his part, Zhao said China is slated to make a PHP15 million donation for the proposed rehabilitation of Marawi City before the end of 2017.

The money will be used for the delivery of engineering equipment needed in the proposed rehabilitation works.

Meanwhile Maute Group members, linked to Daesh militant group, killed in the ongoing clearing operations are placed at 639 along with 145 government troops.

Civilians executed are still at 45 while rescued captives are placed at 1,728 along with 672 weapons seized.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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