CHINA has donated P5 million for the troops operating in battle-stricken Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua personally handed over the check to AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año in a ceremony in Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Jianhua said another P15 million donation will be given to the AFP before the year ends, which is intended to assist in the rehabilitation in Marawi City particularly for the delivery of engineering equipment.
AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Edgard Arevalo said the donations intended for the operating troops in Marawi City have now reached P38.1 million.
On May 23, Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group staged an attack while the military conducted an operation after receiving reports that the top leader, Isnilon Hapilon, is hiding in the area.
The group took hundreds of hostages, killed innocent civilians and occupied and burned several establishments in the City.
Ano earlier expressed belief that the conflict in Marawi will end before he retires in October. (SunStar Philippines)