MANILA - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno donated at least P5 million worth of his talent fees to quake-hit Cotabato, the Philippine capital's public affairs office said Friday.
The Manila Public Information Office said Moreno gave his P3 million talent fee from pharmaceutical company Pascual Laboratories, and his P2 million pay from cosmetic dermatology and surgery expert Belo Medical Group, as aid for earthquake victims.
Cotabato was rocked by several strong earthquakes since October 16, including a 6.3-magnitude tremor that struck Tulunan town. At least 7 people were killed and injuring more than 60 others.
Tulunan was also the epicenter of the 6.6-magnitude temblor that struck on Oct. 29.
The 3 earthquakes had a combined death toll of 23 with 2 others missing and 618 injured, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
The Philippines straddles the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. The archipelago tallies about 20 earthquakes a day, Phivolcs earlier said.
Moreno, a former actor, had also donated his talent fees to the Philippine General Hospital, the country's largest government health institution.