Congressmen allot P10k of monthly salary for Zamboanga crisis victims-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
MANILA -- The 289-member House of Representatives will be making a voluntary one-time donation of at least P10,000 from their monthly salary for the victims of the ongoing Zamboanga City crisis.
In House Resolution No. 3 principally authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II and Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora, lawmakers said they recognize the need for immediate aid and relief for the victims of the Zamboanga City crisis.
“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.
With congressmen 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.
Earlier, the House of Representatives condemned the violence taking place in Zamboanga initiated by the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“Violence is definitely not at all the solution to achieve the peace sought by our brothers in Mindanao and by the Aquino government,” Belmonte said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)