Senator Chiz Escudero wants the P20 billion trust fund for troopers and policemen be made accessible to all troop who noticed motion within the frontlines—be it within the Marawi City siege or earlier armed conflicts with insurgent teams.
Escudero just lately filed Senate Bill No. 1491 designed to create a particular fund to assist households of troopers and policemen who have been both killed in motion (KIA) or wounded in motion (WIA) whereas within the line of responsibility.
The beneficiaries of this invoice embody all troopers and policemen who had been a part of legit army or police operations towards New People’s Army (NPA), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Abu Sayyaf (ASG), Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), and Maute extremist group.
“Kaya nga may lumpsum na unang ipalalabas dahil paano ka naman magdo-drawing ng linya na itong benepisyong ito ay aplikable lang sa namatay at nasugatan sa Marawi? Samantalang napakarami na nating sundalong nakikipaglaban, nakikibaka, at nakipag-away para sa kalayaan at soberenya ng bansa,” Escudero mentioned.
“Halimbawa, dahil nauso ‘yung SAF 44, halos lahat na ng benepisyo naibigay sa SAF 44,” the senator mentioned in a latest media discussion board.
He was referring to the 44 members of the Special Action Force who have been ambushed by suspected mixed members of MILF and BIFF in Maguindanao in January 2014 after finishing their mission to go after Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir.
“Pero naalala niyo ‘yung Marines na pinugutan, labinsiyam? Di gaanong nabigyan ng pansin, dineny pa ng gobyerno nung panahong iyon kaya hindi pareho yung benepisyong natanggap,” he mentioned referring to the troopers massacred by suspected MILF rebels in al-Barka, Basilan in October 2011.
He added, “Medyo unfair din naman siguro ‘yon, namatay parin sila sa paninilbihan at sa larangan ng pagiging sundalo nila. Dapat lamang mabigyan din sila ng karampatang atensiyon, na-TV man o hindi.”
Escudero mentioned the trust fund could be used to finance 5 kinds of help: full scholarship, monetary, shelter, well being and medical care, and price of residing.