Families of massacre victims to get aid

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


ACTING Mayor Daniel Fariñas assured families of victims of the Kayang massacre that the City Government will extend aid.

Fariñas told reporters last Thursday the local government will give P20,000 to each of the victim’s families.

The availability of a financial assistance was relayed to Fariñas by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, saying the fund will come from the City Social Welfare and Development Office.

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Fariñas said the City Government instructed the CSWDO to work out the assistance to be given to the victim’s families at the City Treasurer’s Office.

He also assured the families the City Government will not reward the P100,000 bounty to the relative of the victim who reportedly brokered the voluntary surrender of suspect Philip Avino to Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.

The city’s assistance, he said, is separate from the aid to be extended by Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr. who promised to cover part of the burial expenses of the victims through his Social Responsibility Foundation, Inc.

He added the City Government will closely monitor the case including working with police to ensure the safety of residents.

Fariñas said the City Council will also look at revisions in the city’s zoning ordinance adding the apartment occupied by the victims is part of the Baguio public market.

He said proper zoning of residences and business establishments in the city is important, citing the lack of order at the public market has made these businesses, especially those serving liquor, public nuisances.

He also added the massacre area has become a crime hotspot in the city due to numerous bars, stressing majority of crimes committed in the area are alcohol-induced. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 14, 2014.

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