Vetoed bill protecting rights of IDPs revived in Congress

21 Oct

By Kathrina Alvarez (

Friday, October 18, 2013

MANILA — To help fast track the recovery of calamities and armed conflicts victims, party-list lawmakers on Friday revived the proposed Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Act earlier vetoed by President Benigno Aquino III.

Akbayan party-list Representatives Ibarra Gutierrez and Walden Bello said their House Bill 3146 is a timely proposal following the destruction brought about by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu City this week.

Gutierrez said the number of families displaced underscores the primacy and urgency to institute legal safeguards for the quake victims.

The lawmakers also cited the crisis in Zamboanga where members of the Nur Misuar-led faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) tried to take over the city.


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