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American and British embassies highlight Yolanda help in recent posts

Friends or enemies?


 

(SPOT.ph) Both the Embassies of the United States and United Kingdom have responded with a friendly reminder after President Rodrigo Durterte's claims that we do not need their aid. In a post on its Facebook account, the U.S. Embassy showcased how they helped spearhead relief efforts during and after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the Philippines in 2013.

 

 

Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Manila Asif Ahmad responded similarly via a series of tweets heavily referring to strong U.K.-PHL ties.

 

 

 

 

These reminders from our longtime allies were in response to the president’s recent tirades where he called out the U.S., U.K., European Union, and the United Nations, saying that the Philippines would survive without their aid. Duterte’s outbursts were caused by international criticism from the said countries and groups regarding the rise in extrajudicial killings in the country since he assumed office.

 

“I do not expect human rights, I do not expect Obama, I do not expect the EU to understand me. Do not understand me. And if you think it's high time for you to withdraw assistance, go ahead. We will not beg for it,” he told GMA News adding that Japan is the most generous country to us without further elaborating.

 

Japan, while indeed generous to the country, stands only as the sixth top donor to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda with funding of U.S. $63.3 million, based on the data tweeted by Ahmad. The U.K. stands on top with U.S. $122.7 million, while the UN ranked fourth with U.S. $81.5 million, and the EU at seventh with U.S. $40.4 million.

 

The U.S., which delivered a C-130 aircraft unit to the country on Monday, October 10, as part of a military acquisition, ranks at second with U.S. $90.5 million aside from the other forms of aid and donations it provided to the country which are featured in their Facebook video.

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