MANILA, Philippines – Flooded with queries on how people can send financial help to displaced families of soldiers who have died in the Marawi conflict, the military has opened two bank accounts where donations can be placed.
“In response to the chorus of voices of people expressing their desire to help internally displaced persons and families of our troops killed-in-action during the rebellion in Marawi City, special accounts were opened at the Land Bank of the Philippines for those purposes,” the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced yesterday.
Assistance may be given in cash or in kind, it said.
Giving assurance that financial aid will be accounted for properly, the AFP said Landbank Account Name AFP Marawi Casualty under Account Number 00000552107128 has been opened for donations for families of soldiers who have died in battle.
For evacuees from Marawi City, the military said those who want to help may deposit their money at Landbank Account Name: Marawi IDP under Account Number: 00000552107136.
“For purposes of transparency, the AFP will be posting the amount of donations and the disbursements,” the AFP said as it thanked the public.
House members donate P13 M
Meanwhile, allies of President Duterte in the House of Representatives led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez have so far pooled at least P13 million to help victims of the crossfire in Marawi City.
House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas made the disclosure nearly a month after the Islamic State-linked local terror group attacked Marawi.
The congressman from Ilocos Norte said the P13 million will be deposited under a trust fund until a committee comes up with a formula for its equitable distribution to help Marawi victims.
At least 200 lawmakers have donated personal funds for victims. Isabela Gov. Bojie Dy, Isabela Vice Gov. Tony Pet Albano, Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson and Laoag board member Ria Fariñas have also contributed to the fund. – With Delon Porcalla