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Germany pledges P13.7 million to provide aid for Cebu, Bohol quake victims

Merkel: Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with the Philippines at this difficult time. (AFP)

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Germany, the strongest European economy, has pledged P13.7 million in humanitarian aid for the benefit of earthquake victims in Cebu and Bohol. 

The money will be coursed through Johanniter Unfallhilfe, a German humanitarian organization, which will provide assistance to victims, the German Embassy in Manila said in a statement. 

"Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with the Philippines at this difficult time and stands ready to support you in dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake," the statement said, citing a letter from German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed to President Benigno Aquino III.

Merkel and German President Joachim Gauck also expressed their heartfelt sympathies to the people of the Philippines and their condolences to those that have lost loved ones. 

"Please convey my sympathy to the families of the victims, our hearts go out to them at this time of sorrow. I wish those injured a speedy recovery," wrote Gauck in a separate letter to Aquino.

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