There is an outpouring of support for a House bill seeking to provide compensation to the people of Marawi City who have been suffering from the effects of the siege in 2017, according to Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman.
Hataman, one of the primary authors of House Bill 3543 or the proposed Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act, along with Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan, said some 94 lawmakers have signed the measure as co-authors, bringing support to the measure to more than 30 percent of the Chamber.
“Marami tayong kasama dito sa Kongreso na naniniwala na dapat magkaroon ng compensation ang mga taga-Marawi na naging biktima ng digmaan,” he said.
“Alam nating hindi mababayaran ng pera ang buhay, bahay at kabuhayang nawala, pero makakatulong ito sa pagbangon ng ilan sa ating mga kapatid sa Marawi,” added Hataman, a former governor of the now-defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Hataman said the enactment of the measure is of utmost importance, as the people of Marawi City commemorates the second anniversary of the liberation of the city from violent extremists on October 17.
Among those who sought co-authorship of the Marawi compensation measure include House Deputy Speakers Paolo Duterte, Ferdinand Hernandez, Evelina Escudero, Prospero Pichay Jr., Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Johnny Pimentel, Raneo Abu, Neptali Gonzales II, Dan Fernandez, Baby Arenas, Pablo John Garcia, DV Savellano and Michael Romero, as well as Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.
Hataman also bared that the proposal to create a House sub-committee on Marawi under the House committee on disaster management has been met with a favorable response from the House leadership.
“It is fitting because Lanao Rep. Adiong will chair the said committee. Para mas maka-focus tayo sa concerns ng Marawi. Mas mabibigyan natin ng boses ang mga taga-Marawi kung may isang komite na nakatutok dito,” he said.