China gives P5.1-M aid for 'Urduja' victims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2017 11:13 PM

MANILA - China has given P5.1 million to the Philippines as aid after tropical depression Urduja hit the country.

In a statement, the Chinese embassy in the Philippines said Counsellor Sun Yi turned over USD 100,000 or P5.1 million to Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Oscar Palabyab.

"Counsellor Sun said that the Chinese side looks forward to the aid lending more strength to the disaster relief efforts on the Philippine side to overcome the difficulties caused by tropical storm Urduja which has hit the Visayas of the Philippines recently, and help the affected people restore their normal livelihood at an earliest date," the statement read.

The tropical depression has left behind around P1 billion in damage, killed at least 41 people, left 45 others missing, with 5 provinces in a state of calamity. 

Since assuming the presidency, President Duterte has chosen to downplay Manila’s sea dispute with Beijing as he pursued improved trade relations with China.