UPDATED: Groups laud legislators committed to pass the Marawi Compensation Bill; urge Congress to adopt SB2420

By PMT Desk Staff

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur — The Marawi Reconstruction Watch (MRCW) and International Alert Philippines have lauded legislators of the 18th Congress for their committed endeavor to passing the compensation bill for the Maranao internally displaced people (IDPs).

Remnants of buildings and properties in the Marawi Ground Zero devastated by the 2017 Marawi Siege. (File photo)

In a statement, the groups also urged Congress to adopt SB2420 or the Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2022 which the Senate has just approved recently.

The watch groups made special mention of Representatives Amihilda J. Sangcopan (AMIN Party-list), Lucy Torres-Gomez (Leyte 4th District), Mujiv S. Hataman (Lone District of Basilan), Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo (Lanao del Norte 1st District), Ansarrudin Abdul Malik A. Adiong (Lanao del Sur 1st District), and Yasser Alonto Balindong (Lanao del Sur 2nd District) for their steadfast commitment to passing a compensation bill for the IDPs.

The groups stated: “We are likewise profoundly grateful to our champions in the Senate, the authors of SB2420 Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ronald de la Rosa, Francis Tolentino, Christopher Lawrence Go, Maria Imelda Josefa Remedios Marcos, Ana Theresia Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Juan Edgardo Angara, Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Richard Gordon, Leila de Lima, and Ralph Recto for their unwavering commitment for Marawi IDPs to get justice.

Read: Senate OKs Marawi Compensation Bill on 2nd reading

“Now that the Senate version of the bill has been passed, we urge our legislators once again to exert one ultimate effort for the final passage of the Marawi Compensation bill by adopting SB2420, thus allowing the measure to be transmitted immediately to Malacañang for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature before they go into recess for the election season.

“This monumental gesture by the House to adopt the Senate version will symbolize the Legislative’s commitment and recognition of the moral and legal obligation of the state to the full recovery of the Maranao IDPs whose lives have been suspended in this long process of rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City and its people.

“It has been a long and arduous journey, but we continue to fight because we know this is the last thing we can hold on to. We continue to stand in solidarity with the internally displaced people of Marawi and pay tribute to their patience, perseverance, and courage.” (JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL)

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