Indonesia donates $1M, 4 tons of relief goods for typhoon Pablo victims


MANILA, Philippines—The Indonesian government on Monday came to the aid of thousands of typhoon “Pablo” (Bopha) victims in the Visayas and Mindanao, donating $1 million and four tons of relief items through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

AFP Chief of Staff Jesse Dellosa personally received the $1 million check from Admiral Agus Suhartono, chief of the Indonesian National Defense Force, in a brief ceremony held on Monday, at Camp Panakan in Davao City.

Dellosa, in turn, handed over the donation to Director Liza Mazo, head of the Office of Civil Defense in the Davao region.

“This contribution will surely be a big help to our people who currently need aid and assistance due to the devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo,” Dellosa said in an e-mailed statement.

He thanked the Indonesian government and Suhartono for extending assistance to the typhoon victims, saying the gesture “manifests the strong, vibrant and deepening relationship between our two countries and our two armed forces.”

Besides the financial aid, the Indonesian government also gave 1,000 military blankets, 3,000 packs of ready-to-eat meals and 50 boxes of instant noodles.

Suhartono, who arrived in Davao last Sunday for a three-day official visit, also signed the terms of reference of the Joint Understanding of Philippines-Indonesia Military Cooperation.

“The signing of (this agreement) is aimed at renewing and strengthening the enduring bilateral military relationship of the two countries’ armed forces,” Dellosa said.

Suhartono also met with Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, and visited the base camp of the International Monitoring Team Site 5 in Davao City.

Malacañang bestowed the Philippine Legion of Honor to the visiting Indonesian military chief “for his strong commitment in deepening the military cooperation between the Philippines and the Indonesian military.”

The honor is the highest award that the President can give to a visiting foreign dignitary without a congressional approval.

Suhartono’s trip came a few days after General Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin, chief of Defense Forces of the Malaysian Armed Forces, visited the country on Dec. 5.

By maintaining a “strong and deep bilateral military cooperation” with its neighboring nations, Dellosa said the country “can definitely achieve peace, stability and progress in the region.”

“The (AFP) is committed towards promoting and enhancing regional peace and security which is why we are undertaking these high-level visits aimed at further strengthening our bilateral relationship with other countries’ military,” the AFP chief said.

“The AFP will aim to further strengthen our bond with the Indonesian National Defense Force and the Malaysian Armed Forces.”

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  • Anne Torre

    The victims are not only in New Bataan and Monkayo. There are more in Davao Oriental, in Boston, Cateel, Baganga, Caraga and Manay. The donations must go to the victims, to the affected people in Mindanao. Diversion of cash and other donations is a notorious act in the Philippines. Better give these to the Red Cross not to he corrupt politicians. 

    And let’s see if Nhoynhoy’s promise to restore electricity In Davao Oriental this December will come true. 

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    Thank you very much Indonesia for sharing some of your fortune with us in time that we need it most. I pray for more economic success comes to your country.

  • kilawin

    thank you indonesia ! thats bec. philippines is the most pathetic country among the ASEAN region. You might as well send naval ships at spratlys island for we are getting bullied right now by our big brother china!

    • Mita

      And you are a pathetic Filipino crab.

      • kilawin

        and youre one ignorant FLIP !  dont you know that INDONESIA has one biggest naval forces in asean region while we  have the biggest mouth ,only talk hahah….i dont want to die in this stupid and pathetic loser country…..we need countries that could help us as much as possible!

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Mindanao has more Indo bloodline .Luzon has more Malayo bloodline.

      • kilawin

         what about the visayas DAKUG UTIN? what kind of bloodlines they have?

  • Iggy Ramirez

    Terima kasih

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Thank you Indonesian people and goverment.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Terima kasih

  • jeff

    thank you very much Indonesia.

  • Kenji

    Yan’ ang tunay na kaibigan!!!

  • laong_laan393

    Terima kasih Indonesia, Salamat Indonesia…

    Ang mga bansang ito dapat ang lubos na kinakaibigan ng pilipinas, yung mga kapitbahay natin at kalahi rin natin like indonesia,malaysia, brunei. Lahing kayumanggi dapat ang magtu tulungan, at lahing kayumanggi ang masasandalan natin sa panahon ng kagipitan. 

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