Friday, 22 September, 2017

PH, China eye joint military drills to combat terrorism

Gov't troops retake Maute lair Dansalan College Troops overran Maute stronghold in Marawi
Lance Thomas | 02 July, 2017, 01:05

"So every time I read the casualties, parang [it's like] it's very unsettling, 'di ko malaman kung anong gawin ko [I don't know what to do], but I can not stop the fighting because I will never, never, never compromise with terrorism", he said.

In response, Cayetano expressed deep appreciation to Wang "for the kind of words and assurance that China will always be there for the Philippines in times of need".

"He has said in numerous occasions that we welcome foreign assistance in the Marawi situation especially in the rehab, reconstruction, and recovery phase", he added.

Separately, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a regular monthly news briefing that China had provided a batch of "counter-terrorism materials" to the Philippines on Wednesday, though he gave no details.

"I do not know what I will do, but I can not stop the fighting because I will never, never, never compromise with terrorism", he said.

Wang believed that under the strong leadership of President Duterte, the Philippines will overcome all difficulties and challenges including terrorism.

On hand to receive the donation was President Duterte, who said this deed signals a "new era of bilateral friendship" between the two countries.

"The President wished to be in Marawi but, of course, that is tentative", said Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag.

In a statement urging the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to resume the peace talks, PEPP said "President Duterte should heed the call of the internal displaced persons (IDPs) of Marawi and elsewhere, to lift Martial law and end aerial strikes, which has resulted to severe damage to life, livelihood and property".

"We have been calling on the worldwide community to play a larger role, we are calling for the United Nations to launch an impartial investigation of the situation in the Philippines but you know this is going to be a long-haul project", Mr Robertson said.

He also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to link countries through infrastructure development as "a big idea in a world that is searching and wanting for big ideas".

During the meeting attended also by Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta.

"The Philippines has achieved significant progress in its terrorism crackdown", Wang said.

Last year, the tribunal invalidated China's claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, but Duterte has put the ruling on the back burner and said he would revisit it later in his term. We are very prayerful people. But as we pray, we have to put action to our faith or faith in our action. It requires our two militaries to further enhance their cooperation in this area.

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