Belmonte urges lawmakers to help typhoon victims

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Residents walk amongst their destroyed houses after Typhoon Pablo hit Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, in southern island of Mindanao on December 4, 2012. AFP/KARLOS MANLUPIG

MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Wednesday said he has filed a resolution urging fellow legislators to voluntarily extend assistance to victims of typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha).

This was following calls for members of the House of Representatives to set aside legislative work and help those who were devastated by the typhoon.

Former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has earlier called on fellow lawmakers to prioritize sending help to the victims of typhoon Pablo.

Compostela Valley Representative Ma. Carmen Zamora, whose district was badly hit by the typhoon, said that she was on her way to see the damage wrought by the weather disturbance and appealed for help for typhoon victims.

First to confirm donations for residents of areas devastated by typhoon Pablo were allies of the former President, whom House minority leader Danilo Suarez said would donate a portion of their salary for typhoon victims.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Donate your pork barrels to the victims!

  • John_Galt_II

    They don’t have to help the victims, just urge them to not victimize the people.

  • Your_King

    If you are poor in these typhoon areas then more than likely you are a victim of this storm and have suffered or been affected in some way. Don’t expect much from the Aquino Admin except for some speeches of how he will help…maybe some generic supposed budget approval…and if you are lucky a few minutes of Aquino visiting victims for a photo-op.

  • Guest

    Help? Maybe only for Manila victims. For the rest, there are just speeches and photo-op. That’s the unitary Republic of the Philippines. Economies can transform very fast (nothing to say against) but it takes the mindset decades after the economic transformation to change.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Tulungan mo muna ang sarili mong makabuo ng quorum para sa mga delinkwenteng Congressman mo.
    Puro na lang kasing sablay sa attendance kaya wala kayong nagagawa diyan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4PPBPC3MQPXPT7ADAZFGNECFKM jr

    Mas uunahin pa nila yong pagpunta sa US para lang manood sa walang kwentang laban ni manny kaysa sa pagtulong…

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