House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte introduces the House Resolution No. 3 that directs congressmen to donate P10,000 from their monthly salary that will serve as financial aid for the victims of the Zamboanga conflict. - Photo by Philippine Daily Inquirer
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte introduces the House Resolution No. 3 that directs congressmen to donate P10,000 from their monthly salary that will serve as financial aid for the victims of the Zamboanga conflict. – Photo by Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – Based on House Resolution No. 3 that was approved during the session on Wednesday, 289 members of the House of Representatives will contribute to the financial aid for the victims of the Zamboanga crisis.

Congressmen are to donate an amount of P10,000 each from their monthly salary for the needs of the victims of the standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the government.

The said resolution can raise an amount of P2.89 million which will be used for the food and water supply of the evacuees.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte together with Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II introduced the said resolution and was agreed upon by the body.

“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 adoption affected the livelihood of the people of Zamboanga,” said Belmonte.

Legislators denounced the violence happening in Zamboanga which affected 16,533 families from 15 barangays in the city.

“Violence is definitely not at all the solution to achieve the peace sought by our brothers in Mindanao and by the Aquino government,” Belmonte stressed.

Assistance from a ‘Unified body’

Through the resolution, congressmen are now unified with one cause and that is to provide assistance to the victims of the almost 2 week’s standoff between the MNLF and the military forces of the government.

Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, independent minority bloc, requested the immediate implementation of the resolution.

Meanwhile, Representatives Tupay Loong (NP, Sulu), Lito Atienza (Bagong Henerasyon) and Elmer Panotes (Lakas-CMD, Camarines Norte) commended their co-legislators because they have been unified for the assistance needed by the Zambo crisis’ casualties.

Written by:

Raniza K. Darole
ABCom, Leyte Normal University