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Palace support for Marawi residents’ compensation depends on budget allocation

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s  support for the proposed compensation bill for residents of Marawi would depend on its budget allocation. 

In an online press briefing on Monday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is still waiting for the details about the said bill before he considers certifying the legislation as urgent. 

“The support of the President will depend on the amount to be allocated [by Congress],” Roque said. 

Under the proposed legislation at the House of Representatives, a budget ranging from P30 billion to P50 billion will be used to provide compensation for residents of Marawi city 

The still unnumbered bill consolidated House Bill Nos. 3418, 35,43, and 3922. 

But even without the said bill, Roque said the government already allocated billions of pesos for the rehabilitation and and rebuilding of Marawi City. 

At least P60 billion worth of funds were allocated for the rehabilitation efforts in the Marawi after it was devastated in the battle between the military and with militant rebel groups in 2017.

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