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Palace: Foreign aid for Marawi welcome

By: Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

Malacañang yesterday welcomed foreign aid for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that the government’s acceptance of foreign aid does not mean that it is facing a humanitarian crisis in Marawi.

Abella said it is just normal for friends to help each other especially in times of crisis.

President Duterte invited allies of the Philippines to help in rebuilding Marawi in a speech in Clark, Pampanga Wednesday.

“The President’s invitation for international partners to aid the rebuilding is not synonymous with humanitarian crisis,” Abella said during the Mindanao Hour press briefing in Davao City.

“He has said in numerous occasions that we welcome foreign assistance in the Marawi situation especially in the rehab, reconstruction, and recovery phase,” he added.

“It is normal for friends and allies to support each other which need a helping hand and after all, we have our shared commitment with other countries to combat terrorism and attain sustainable peace.”