Mr. Duterte said the Maute terror group has "no objective, no ideology, not even relating to any supernatural or to God or at least to the fellow human beings but their main task is just to destroy and kill and we are in a very risky situation".
Expressing his gratitude to China for the aid, Duterte underscored this was not only meant to strengthen the two countries' commitment to support each other in times of need, but also highlighted the dawn of the new era in Philippine-Chinese relations.
China yesterday pushed for joint military training and intelligence-gathering exercises with the Philippines in the fight against terrorism.
Now fears that the insurgent group is freely crossing into the Philippines from Malaysia and Indonesia have the governments there worrying that the insurgent group may have a larger presence in those two countries than previously thought.
China supports the national development and construction cause of the Philippines, and its efforts to maintain stability, said Li, adding that China is willing to promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties on the basis of mutual respect and equality. He also cited Beijing's help in terms of infrastructure.
In the same speech, the President also opened the doors for assistance from allies overseas in a bid to get more help for the rebuilding of Marawi overrun by self-styled local terrorists.
As the fighting in the Philippine city of Marawi continues, the Islamist rebels have been accused of decapitating civilians.
The move is a demonstration of the "new era of friendly and cooperative relationship" between the militaries of both countries, according to Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, who said it was only the first batch of donations and another set would be delivered in the coming months. "And it has come at a right time", he said.
With this, the two governments formally entered into two agreements where China committed to turn over P590 million worth of military equipment to help in the campaign against Islamic state-inspired terrorists.
"China is ready to implement the important consensus reached by President Duterte and President Xi Jinping to give a helping hand to overall development of the Philippines", he added. "I hope the China participation in the rehabilitation of Mindanao will help the comprehensive settlement of the issue of terrorism", Zhao said.