Foreign aid from governments and private organizations is pouring in for Marawi and the Philippines has welcomed the assistance.
The most recent is a Php 65 million donation from the Chinese government meant to assist in the treatment of soldiers wounded-in-action. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua turned over the check to Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano, in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Manila Bulletin reported.
Since the start of fighting in Marawi, the Chinese government has donated a total of Php85 million - Php15 million in support of relief and rehabilitation efforts in the area and Php5 million also for wounded troops.
Hundreds of soldiers have be injured since the military launched offensives against Islamic State-linked terrorists in the Mindanao city. Casualties from the government side have breached the 600 mark.
Meanwhile, US-based World Medical Relief, Inc. has sent 20 containers of hospital equipment for medical facilities in the war-torn city that require reconstruction and rehabilitation.
The shipment will consist of x-ray machines, cardiac monitoring equipment, surgical tools, operating tables, scopes and other medical supplies - valued at USD 300,000 to USD500,000, WMRI President and Chief Executive Officer George Samson said.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has been tasked to oversee the shipment from WMRI that will be arriving in the coming months.
WMRI Ambassador of Health in the Philippines Dr David Zarate said the group has previously given medical equipment donations to Mindanao, prior to the Marawi siege.
Earlier, South Korea likewise extended support, through the Philippine Red Cross, in the amount of Php5 million. South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin was quoted as saying, "I hope the donations will help relieve the difficulty for some evacuees in Marawi. We, Koreans, hope this will be resolved as soon as possible. The next step will be the Koreans' participation in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi."
"President Duterte said the assistance provided would be of great help to the government as it pursues the final stages of its operation against the Maute terrorists in Mindanao," according to a statement from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Rolando Bautista, military ground commander in Marawi, said the soldiers are in their final push in the battle area. The conflict has been ongoing for over three months now.
“In military terms, this is the culmination point. We have reduced their maneuver space, this is our final push. We concentrate whatever personnel, whatever capability we have,” Gen. Bautista was quoted as saying. MIMS
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