Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch lauds Congress for passage of ‘Compensation Bill’

The civic group Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch (MRCW) on Tuesday (September 7, 2021) praised House of Representatives lawmakers for passing House Bill (HB) 9925, the Marawi Compensation Act, on its third and final reading.

The MRCW, as per Maureen Anthea T. Lacuesta of International Alert Philippines, has been in the “forefront in pushing for a Marawi compensation bill in both the House and the Senate” since 2018, a year after the Marawi siege.

“We participated in many public hearings as resource persons, have surfaced urgent issues, and lobbied for our people in different fora and platforms. We campaigned hard in the last State of the Nation Address to call on the President to certify the Marawi Compensation Bill as urgent,” the statement read.

The group acknowledged Rep. Amihilda J. Sangcopan of Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party-list, Leyte 4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Basilan Rep. Mujiv S. Hataman, Lanao del Norte 1st District Representatives Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo and Ansarrudin Abdul Malik A. Adiong, and Lanao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Yasser Alonto Balindong “for consistently championing the plight of the people of Marawi.”

“And being a strong ally in our collective clamor for the passage of this important legislation to help heal and rebuild the lives of the Marawi siege victims,” it added.

The MRCW stated that it will continue diligent and resolute in its lobbying efforts to ensure that HB 9925 has a Senate counterpart and is eventually passed.

“We call on the support of the Senate, especially Senators Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, Francis N. Tolentino, Ronald M. dela Rosa, Christopher Lawrence T. Go, and Imee R. Marcos, who filed the draft Marawi Compensation Bill submitted by MRCW in December 2019 as Senate Bill 1395 in March 2020. We also look forward to working closely with Senator Risa Hontiveros, who will file a similar Marawi compensation bill in the Senate,” it said.

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