House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reveals that the Lower House is eyeing a trust fund for Marawi City as its contribution to the recovery of the city after the attack of the Maute Group last week that resulted in the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Alvarez made the revelation during his sine die adjournment speech on the last day of the first regular session of the 17th Congress. “We have to do our part in sharing the heavy burden of what happened in Marawi City. To this end, may I inform you that the House of Representatives has taken the initiative to create a trust fund to aid in this mission.”

Alvarez explained, “This will be our concerted answer to the challenge that extremists present. They seek to sow terror, but we will show them our courageous resolve. They seek to destroy, but we shall defend and rebuild. With our unified efforts, they will never win. Let us reiterate the timeless truth that hope will always prevail over hate.”

Alvarez asked his colleagues to remember the events presently unfolding in the main island of Mindanao. “Thousands have been displaced and the fire fight has resulted to casualties on the part of our valiant soldiers and innocent civilians. Likewise, many of those who seek to realize a horrible vision incompatible with the values of a civilized world, through the use of terror, have been neutralized.”