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China, Israel express solidarity with PH in wake of typhoon


MANILA, Philippines—Despite recent diplomatic incidents with Manila, the governments of China and Israel have expressed solidarity with the Philippines over death and destruction wrought by Typhoon Pablo.

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy announced a $30,000 (P1.2 million) donation to the Philippines as it sent its sympathies to communities affected by the typhoon across the Visayas and Mindanao.

The donation from the Red Cross Society of China was provided to the Philippine National Red Cross.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the destruction and damage caused by Typhoon Pablo. We’d like to express our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the victims and the families that have suffered immense losses of lives and properties,” said Zhang Hua, embassy spokesperson.

China extended help despite tensions with the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine-claimed part of the South China Sea to which China has been asserting ownership.

“We are confident that through the Philippine government’s prompt rescue and relief work, the Filipinos will be able to overcome the tragedy and rebuild their homes soon,” said Zhang.

The government of Israel also expressed its sympathies for the Philippines as it lauded government’s disaster preparedness and response efforts.

“The government of Israel and its people express their solidarity with those affected by Typhoon Pablo, and we offer our condolences and sympathies to the families who have lost their loved one,” said Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Menashe Bar-On in a statement.

The envoy made the statement more than a week since the Department of Foreign Affairs criticized his appeal to the Philippines to hold the deployment of new hires to Israel until the security situation stabilizes following heavy fighting between Israeli forces and members of the Palestinian force Hamas.

“We commend the efforts of the different government agencies in minimizing the loss of lives.

“We also hope that the families, especially the children, will overcome the physical and emotional damages brought upon them as they approach the holy day of Christmas and the New Year,” said Bar-On.

The United States, Canada and Australia earlier announced their respective donations to typhoon victims.

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    • DakuAkongUtin

      Vietnam is no more great today . Its aging soldiers are stepping into the twilight of their years. The new generation is more lazy and not tune to war as in the past. They would rather listen to gangnam than take up an AK 47 marked Made IN China.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Lahat ng Gamit ng China kopya mula sa Ak-47 hangang sa Aircraft.

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Aba , kinupya nga ninyo ang pana (bow and arrow) sa Tsina nagsimula yan. Pati gunpowder at pulbura taga pasko yan firecrackers. Pati pagluluto ng Puto de Maya, Biko , gamit sa kawa na lutuan , chopsuey at pancit. These were all part of ethnic Chinese in Pinas. Yan Pancit Malabon ay intisk origin yan.  Dios ko Toytoy, ano pang pinagyakyak mo dyan.

        Ang AK 47 ay Russian origin yan. Kaibigan ang Russo at Tsina noon at tinulongan sila sa maggawa ng AK 47 in 1956. Kaya tinawag na Type 56 assault rifle sa PLA. Pero by 1980 the PLA made a new design called the Type 81. WHy? Bec they dont like the ergos of the AK 47. The Type 81 remain as mainline combat rifle for PLA troops. But they came up with a newer one called the Type 95 Bullpup design.

        Di ba kayo nagmamantinir lang sa donated na lumang M 16 A1 hanggang ngayon. Pati pyesa nga walang suplay.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Chinupa ni Mao ang mga puting Ruso kaya naging komunista din sya. Lunok nya ang tamod ng Ruso.
        Kopya?dali dali lang gawin yan eh. kayang kaya kong gumawa ng sarili kong formula. Ang Yo yo nga na inbento dito kinopya ng China ngayon made na nila. kahit luma ang M-16 kayang tirahin ang mga baklang PlA nya. Pati itlog mo kaya kong e e sniper ng lumang M-16 ko.

  • truth_will_set_us_free


  • truth_will_set_us_free


    • DakuAkongUtin

      Just to mention your hero Dictator Marcos will suffice.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Chupaping Mao shoktong.

  • truth_will_set_us_free


    • DakuAkongUtin

      Chinese aircraft carrier is a training ship only for new naval pilots and learning naval air operations. Once this is perfected , China is set to build six to eight of these by 20 30. 
      So dont sweat it, China is moving in the right direction . Money has already been set aside for these as of today, so it will be done.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        Training para tirahin ng Hapon. hahahahah 6 to 8 na dead making aircraft carrier.Lol

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Ma Keqing is being manipulated by Beijing.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

      She’s homosexual.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CT6UQYNAR3B4IS2L2J3XWXJV5I sPaRkEr23

    do you know that ” the Chinese aircraft carrier is named after the Chinese admiral that lead to the invasion of what is named now as Taiwan ”

    Taiwan is on the very nose of China !


  • truth_will_set_us_free

    The aging soldiers PLA are stepping into the twilight of their years. The new generation is more lazy and not tune to war as in the past. They stucked in their barracks doing nothing. While member of the politburo and generals are getting richer and poor soldier are getting poorer.

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