Despite being a natural calamity prone country that also needs aide from time-to-time, this will not hinder the Philippines from sending necessary help to neighboring countries that needed such aid.
As part of its continuous humanitarian efforts and close-ties relationship with other countries, the Duterte administration is set to donate $400,000 or over P16-million aide to Indonesia to help the country to recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit last September 28, 2018.
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The said disaster took almost two thousand lives and caused major devastation in some parts of the country.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Tan Wee announced that the said amount of donation coming from the Philippines will be a combination of donation in cash and in kind.
Wee added that out of the above-mentioned amount $300,000 of which will come from the Philippine government while the $100,000 will be coming from the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (BAC) – Philippines.
“The USD300,000 is in cash and in kind while the ASEAN BAC is also raising financial assistance which, I was informed, has now reached USD100,000,” Wee said an interview.
Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Sinyo Harry Sarundajang expressed gratitude to the Philippines for the said humanitarian assistance.
“On behalf of the government and the people of Indonesia, we would like to thank the government and the people of the Philippines for the support about disaster in Palu and Donggala. It is a brotherhood relationship,” Sarundajang said.
On top of that, Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also confirmed that the Philippine government has sent a C-130 aircraft in Indonesia on Wednesday and it was used in a humanitarian mission to deliver and distribute donations to the victims of calamities.
Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that a simple ceremony will be held for the bilateral meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Duterte and Widodo are expected to discuss the peace and order, terrorism, and trade issues in the said meeting. Both countries also recognize the Islamic State (ISIS) operations in Indonesia and Mindanao, making military attaches closely working and cooperating with each other.
However, the case of the Mary Jane Veloso – a Filipina who is currently on the death row of Indonesia due to illegal substance charges is nowhere to be discussed in the said meeting, but Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Tan Wee said that he will personally visit Veloso in the next few weeks.
On the other hand, President Duterte is also set to attend the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Indonesia and also the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meeting in Bali.
The said ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering is expected to showcase the unity of 10 ASEAN leaders together with the regional international group as a powerful force in the world arena.
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