Bank accounts opened for fallen Marawi soldiers, displaced residents


Posted at Jun 19 2017 03:25 PM

Relatives pay their respects to Private First Class Gener Tinangag (PN) after his remains arrived in Baguio City on Wednesday. Tinangag was one of 13 soldiers killed in action in Marawi City during a fierce gunfight last Friday between government forces and the Maute group and other Islamist rebels who sieged the city on May 23. Jun Leprozo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines has opened two bank accounts where people may deposit monetary assistance to the bereaved of the fallen soldiers of Marawi and the families who were displaced by the ongoing war in the southern city.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced on Monday that assistance may be funneled through these accounts:

For the families of the soldiers killed in action:
Account name: AFP Marawi Casualty
Account number: 00000-552-107-128

For the evacuees from Marawi City:
Account name: Marawi IDP (Internally Displaced Persons)
Account number: 00000-552-107-136

Military spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said they opened the accounts after receiving messages from civilians and private companies asking how they may send help to these people.

"If you wish to help and donate, you can just do it in cash so that we can provide it to the families of our heroes as well as provide directly to the wounded," said Padilla, adding that civilians may visit the wounded soldiers to "lift up their spirits" by coordinating with their personnel at V. Luna Medical Center.

Several soldiers were among the more than 300 killed in the ongoing firefight between government forces and terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf group.

Hundreds of thousands of Marawi residents, meanwhile, have been evacuated out of the city after they were caught in the crossfire.