Makilala needs P2-M for bombing victims

Mayor Onofre Respicio disclosed this during his visits to various hospitals in this city where the wounded victims were being treated.

“The LGU, with the assistance of the provincial government, would shoulder all medical expenses of all victims still confined in the hospitals,” Respicio said.

He said he requested the Sangguniang Bayan to immediately approve the release of P1 million in calamity funds as initial assistance to the victims.

The LGU will also pay for the funeral and burial services of the six victims who died in the bombing.

The provincial government has earlier given its commitment to the Makilala municipal government to help pay the hospital bills, including assistance to the bereaved families.

Gov. Emmanuel Piñol said the funding would be taken from his intelligence fund. He did not, however, disclose the amount.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza on Wednesday evening also personally visited the wounded in hospitals here and those in Makilala.

Dureza extended P2,000 in financial support to the wounded victims and P5,000 for the families of those who were killed.

He told DXND Radio for Peace that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has extended her condolences to the bereaved families.

The President, Dureza said, has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to conduct deeper investigations and arrest the suspects the soonest possible time.

Six persons were killed in Tuesday’s blast in front of the town plaza. Twenty nine others were injured. Initial reports gave the figure of wounded persons at 32. (Williamor A. Magbanua / MindaNews)