Congressmen to donate P10,000 each for Zamboanga victims
The 289 members of the House of Representatives have adopted a resolution allowing the chamber to deduct P10,000 from the salaries of each congressman as their one-time contribution to victims of the Zamboanga siege.
Led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. the House unanimously adopted House Resolution No. 03 that was principally authored by Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora and Belmonte.
With lawmakers numbering 289 to date, adoption of this resolution by these lawmakers could provide innocent victims of this crisis with a total of P2.89 million in financial aid to address their urgent subsistence needs such as food and drinking water.
The independent minority bloc led by Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez has called for the swift adoption of the resolution that took place during the plenary deliberations for the proposed 2014 budget.
Reps. Tupay Loong (NP, Sulu); LIto Atienza (Bagong Henerasyon) and Elmer Panotes (Lakas-CMD, Camarines Norte) congratulated their colleagues for the show of bipartisan support to push the resolution.
Belmonte said the resolution recognizes the need for immediate aid and relief for the Zamboanga City crisis victims during this most difficult time of strife.
“The House of Representatives hereby extends financial assistance to the victims of this crisis which has resulted in massive damage to property and infrastructure, and adversely affected the livelihood of the people of Zamboanga,” the Speaker said.
The provision for financial assistance to the crisis victims followed an earlier condemnation by the House led by Belmonte of the needless violence taking place in Zamboanga initiated by the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
According to the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council, more than 82,000 people with 16,533 families from the 15 barangays have been affected by the crisis in Zamboanga, with thousands forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in evacuation centers within the city.