MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) has issued a circular to encourage judges and personnel of the first and second level courts to give financial aid to those affected by the Marawi City siege.
Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez's Circular No. 126-2017, dated June 23, 2017, states the call is "to express our solidarity with and extend our support to our fellow Filipinos in this time of need."
The aid may be extended to displaced persons, families of soldiers killed-in-action (KIA), and judges and court personnel assigned in the city.
"With the clashes in Marawi City in its first month, and the consequent growing number of casualties, wounded soldiers and civilians, and displaced persons (IDP), all judges and court personnel are encouraged to conduct their own financial aid drive to provide assistance to all those severely affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City," Marquez's circular read.
Those who wish to donate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were advised to deposit their donations through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at its Land Bank account, "DSWD Donation," account no. 3122-1011-84.
Instructions were made for the proper notification with the DSWD-Finance Management Service/Cash Division of the donations to the said bank account.
Donations for the families of KIA soldiers may be coursed through the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through its Land Bank account, "AFP Marawi Casualty," account no. 00000552107128.
Donations for Marawi City judges and court personnel may be deposited to the OCA Land Bank account, "OCA Donations for Marawi Judges and Court Personnel," account no. 3471-0090-15.
Local terror group Maute group and their cohorts, among them Abu Sayyaf Group-Basilan leader Isnilon Hapilon, waged attacks in the city on May 23, leading President Duterte to place the entire Mindanao region under martial rule and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
Government forces and the armed groups have incurred deaths in the month-long firefight, with hundreds of soldiers and policemen injured. Civilians were also among the reported fatalities.
Over 260,000 families have been displaced by the ongoing battle for Marawi City.