Senate support resolution seeking to fast-track compensation process for Marawi victims

Senate support resolution seeking to fast-track compensation process for Marawi victims

By Liza Soriano

The ugly reminder of the 2017 siege is etched on the walls of the city. The siege was perpetrated by Maute gunmen. (PH Army photo courtesy) 

MANILA — Majority and minority blocs of the Senate have supported the resolution filed by Senator Robin Padilla seeking to fast-track the compensation process for the victims of the 2017 Marawi Siege perpetrated by Maute gunmen.

Padilla said his Senate Resolution No. 8 — which urges the Office of the Executive Secretary to conduct the vetting process for nominees who will compose the Marawi Compensation Board — gained the support of Sen. Risa Hontiveros.

“Humingi tayo ng tulong kay Sen. Hontiveros. At siya, in-endorse niya. Bakit si Ma’am Risa? Kasi siya ang nasa minority. Wala pong pinakamaganda kundi majority at minority ay nagkakasundo,” Padilla said.

He added that he continues to seek support for the bills and resolutions he has filed from all of his fellow senators, whether they are in the majority, minority, or independent.

On August 15, Padilla’s resolution was approved by the majority of senators after Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri promised to give it a top priority.

Padilla noted that many of those affected by the siege in 2017 have not yet received compensation in her filing of Senate Resolution 8, but there has been no appropriation.

The Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2022, also known as RA 11696, was signed into law last April and called for the establishment of the MCB to handle victim compensation. (ai/mtvn)

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