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Quake rocks Bali as Duterte, world leaders gather

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Bali at around 2:45 a.m. on Thursday killing three people.

It was the eve of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Leaders’ Gathering, with the heads of state of the 10 member-countries set to attend as well as 1,800 delegates to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting.

Staying at Patra Bali Resort and Villas, President Rodrigo Duterte was awakened by the tremor. He said there was an escape route prepared for him but he was safe so he went back to sleep afterwards.

Indonesia has been reeling from an earthquake and tsunami that killed over 1,800 people and displaced more than 200,000 others in Palu, Central Sulawesi the other week.

A Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 cargo plane loaded with food and non-food relief items for Sulawesi island residents took off Wednesday in response to Indonesia’s call for humanitarian assistance. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said another shipment of relief goods is scheduled for next week, although the PAF plane that would carry these will temporarily be stationed in the island for the use of the Indonesian government. 

The government of Indonesia expressed its gratitude to the Filipino people for the humanitarian aid extended to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. 

“On behalf of the government and the people of Indonesia, we would like to thank the government and the people of the Philippines for the support about disaster in Palu and Donggala,” said Indonesian Ambassador Harry Sarundajang.#