On Tuesday, President Duterte thanked Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for donating fire arms to fight pro-Islamic State militants(MAUTE Group), in another sign of warming ties.
KAMI learned from ABS-CBN News that China last June gave thousands of guns to Philippine security forces as they battled insurgents who had besieged the southern city of Marawi in a bid to create an IS province there.
Duterte made the remarks to China a day after attending a regional summit in Manila along with US President Donald Trump and other world leaders.
"It was China who responded immediately (to) our cry for help"
"Maybe in the future, the Philippines would also show its debt of gratitude to China for all of the fundings, public works, bridges and all", he said.
United States and Australia also provided direct military assistance in the battle for Marawi. Li said China would provide 150 million yuan (P1.15 billion) for the rehabilitation of Marawi, which has been largely reduced to rubble after the 5-month conflict ended last month.
"We have full confidence that under your leadership, Mr. President, and the leadership of your government, the rebuilding of Marawi will be completed at a very early date," said Li in a news conference with Duterte at the presidential palace.
Before Duterte was elected, we all know that we aren't in good terms with China because of the issue in South China Sea. But Duterte made a decision of having warmer relations with China and Russia.
Li is the first Chinese premier to visit the Philippines in a decade.
KAMI also wants to thank China for helping a hand in fighting for Marawi! Mabuhay po kayo!