China turns over artillery, ammo to Philippines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2017 09:42 AM | Updated as of Oct 05 2017 04:24 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana aims a rifle that the Philippines received from China on Thursday. Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - (2ND UPDATE) The Philippines on Thursday received military assistance in the form of artillery and ammunition from China's Ministry of National Defense.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana accepted the military assistance gratis from Chinese Ambassador to Manila Zhao Jianhua in a handover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo.

The aid came in the form of 3,000 rifles and their corresponding ammunition (5.56mm) and 30 pieces of sniper scopes, which will be given to the Philippine National Police.

Lorenzana said China's continued support "signifies a new era in our countries' goodwill relations" and paves the way for "broader and stronger Sino-Philippine security cooperation in the future."

The donation, with estimated worth of P168 million, is pursuant to the memorandum of agreement between China and the Philippines back in August, said the defense chief.

"These donations will certainly help us in addressing contemporary security concerns such as territorial conflicts and maritime disputes, as well as threats of transnational nature such as extremism in the southern part of our country," he said.

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Zhao said China has always committed to friendly and cooperative relations with the Philippines.

"Today's delivery, handover of the arms and ammunition is another demonstration of the commitment we have, we're happy that with the guidance of President Duterte and President Xi Jinping , they are vigorously promoting cooperation" he said.

As the Filipino state forces continue to battle Islamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi, China has given a total aid of P85 million in response to the crisis, including funds for wounded troops and to support relief and rehabilitation efforts. - report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News