China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, said on Wednesday (July 27) that China is willing to assist after the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck northern Luzon.
In an ambush interview, Ambassador Huang said he would first have to assess the damage caused by the earthquake before sending aid.
“We have to assess what kind of damage or casualties. We hope there will be no casualties or damage, but if there are, we will do our best to help,” he said.
The ambassador also posted on his Facebook page, extending his thoughts and prayers to those affected by the earthquake.
“On behalf of the Chinese Embassy, I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to the Philippine government and the Filipino people affected by this morning’s earthquake in Luzon,” he said.
He also believed that under Marcos’ leadership, the Filipinos would defeat the adversaries and resume normal life as soon as possible.
“We are ready to extend a helping hand to the Philippine side for disaster relief. I believe that under the leadership of President Marcos Jr., the Filipino people will be able to overcome the difficulties and resume normal life as soon as possible. Let’s all be safe,” Huang added.
In addition to China, Japan, the European Union and France also extended their prayers to those affected by the earthquake.
“Praying for everyone’s safety after the 7.3 #EarthquakePH, especially the residents of Abra and nearby provinces,” Japan’s ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa tweeted.
“Our thoughts are with the population affected by #EarthquakePH, especially in the Abra area. Follow @phivolcs_dost for updates and stay safe! #EUinthePhilippines,” the EU tweeted.
“We send a message of sympathy and support to all Filipinos in the affected regions and to the local and central authorities in their response. We stand with the Philippines as a long-standing friend,” said French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz.