Sara thanks China for aid to Davao fire victims

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday thanked the Communist Party of China (CPC) through its Central Committee member, Meng Xiangfeng for the assistance they extended to the victims of NCCC Mall fire.

Duterte-Carpio, who met Meng and other CPC officials from Beijing China last Wednesday at Davao City Conference Room, assured the delegation that the assistance they gave to the fire victims will be properly distributed.

“I assure you that the assistance of the CPC will be given to the families and victims and will help the children and spouses left by the victims,” she said.

The city mayor did not mention though, how much the assistance the founding and ruling political party of People’s Republic of China had given.

She also said the city is also ready and willing to reciprocate the generosity of China in anyway it can. Duterte-Carpio added that the city is truly investing to promote relations with all of their neighbors
“For after all everybody dreams of peace and prosperity in their countries,” she said.

Meng Xiangfeng also expressed condolences to the tragic incident. He said the assistance they gave is a way of helping a friend in need.

“This is what friends should do, especially if friends are in desperate need of help,” Meng said.

Meng said he was happy with the hospitality of Davao City during their visit and even compared this hospitality to boiling water.

“Even if my stay is short, I can feel the beauty and vitality of the people of Davao City. People have shown me great hospitality. Your hospitality can be compared with boiling water, if the boiling water is 100 degrees Celsius, your hospitality is about 120 degrees… I am truly happy,” the Central Committee member of CPC said to Duterte-Carpio last Wednesday.

Meng said the purpose of the visit is to brief the city mayor the results of the 19th National Congress of the CPC held last October wherein General Secretary of the CPC, Xi Jinping was re-elected.

The national congress, according to Meng, tackled three major items, which include the report made by their Secretary General, amendments to their constitution and elections of new central leadership. Meng also mentioned some of the CPC’s achievements.

Both parties exchanged tokens before they parted. The city mayor handed over a token of beads to CPC central committee member, while the CPC through Meng Xiangfeng gave the mayor a token and also a book written by Xi Jinping, second volume.

Meng said that they are hopeful that the book will help Duterte-Carpio to understand China more and will encourage her to visit China soon.

Meng was joined by seven other delegates from Beijing completed by Yuan Zhibing, director general of Bureau One of the International Department of CPC; Lin Zhi, Division Chief of the Personnel Bureau of the CPC Central Committee General Office; Du Dingding, Division Chief of the Bureau One of the International Liaison Department of the CPC (IDCPC); Jia Peng, Division Chief of Bureau One of the IDCPC; Wu Erchao, English interpreter, staff of Bureau One of the IDCPC; Tan Qingsheng, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines; and Liu Yongjie, Second Secretary, Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.
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