Ranking DND official thanks multi-national force helping PHL in 'Yolanda' relief efforts

November 22, 2013 10:31 am 

MANILA, Nov. 21 — Department of National Defense (DND) undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs and strategic concerns Pio Lorenzo Batino on Thursday expressed his thanks and appreciations to the multi-national force helping the Philippines in its ongoing relief operations for the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda".

"We would like to thank and acknowledge the help extended by foreign militaries during this unfortunate event in the history of the Philippines," he said.

Countries helping the country include Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Sweden, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.

Batino added the combined military efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the foreign militaries have accelerated the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations for "Yolanda" victims.

"In this light, may we reiterate our sincerest gratitude to all foreign military for the continued support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and for the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations for the communities affected by the typhoon," he concluded. (PNA)

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