CLARK AIRBASE, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an unusual display of international cooperation, both the United States and China yesterday unloaded their respective government aid and donations to the Philippines at ceremonies held at Clark Airbase in Pampanga.
The Chinese and American planes parked side by side on the tarmac and it was a sight to behold.
China 🇨🇳 turned over P370 million worth of arms and ammunition to President Rodrigo Duterte, along with a P5 million donation for the families of slain soldiers in Marawi City. This is on top of the P15 million it earlier donated to the Philippine government for the rehabilitation and relief operations in the conflict-torn city of Mindanao.
The United States 🇺🇸 , on the other hand, unloaded its generous donation to the Marawi siege victims — 300 cases of SPAM. (Unknown perhaps to the Donald Trump administration, most of the victims of the Marawi siege practice the Muslim Faith and do not eat pork.)
Duterte expressed the Filipino people’s gratitude to both governments. “Change has indeed come,” he said.