European Union donates P49M for Marawi victims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2017 04:25 PM

MANILA - The European Union said Tuesday it would donate P49 million (850,000 euros) in humanitarian aid to victims of fighting between government forces and Islamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi City.

The grant from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations will be used to buy food and water supplies, health care, and hygiene kits among others, the EU said in a statement.

“This grant from the EU will support the delivery of immediate life-saving assistance to those most in need, and contribute to increased protection of populations affected by the conflict," said Pedro-Luis Rojo, head of the East, South East Asia and Pacific Regional Office for ECHO.

The government earlier said it would no longer accept grants with conditions from the EU, which has criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Humanitarian aid, however, will still be accepted.

The Philippines new ally, China, earlier donated P20 million for relief operations in Marawi, including P5 million for families of slain soldiers.

Beijing also turned over P370 million worth of arms to Manila to fight terrorism.

Clashes between government troops and Maute terrorists broke out in Marawi City last May 23, prompting President Duterte to declare martial law in the whole island of Mindanao.

Thousands have fled the city while more than 461 people have been killed in ongoing clashes, among them 337 terrorists, 85 government forces, and 39 civilians.