• Duterte vows speedy release of human rights claims


    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has assured victims of human rights violations during Martial Law that their claims for reparations would be expedited, a Palace official said on Saturday.

    This came after the President met with the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board and the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda) in Malacañang on Thursday.

    In a statement, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte was informed that not a single centavo had been released to victims of Martial Law during the Marcos regime.

    “Selda brought to the attention of the President their concern regarding the delay in processing of claims and in the distribution of award/reparation. It was impressed upon the President that despite the advancing age/demise of some of the claimants and the sunset clause provided under Republic Act 10368, not a single centavo had been released to them,” Abella said.

    Under the law, human rights victims are entitled to monetary and non-monetary reparations from the government.

    “The claims board gave Selda and the President the assurance that they will expedite the processing of the claims and facilitate payment of claims already processed the soonest time possible,” Abella said.

    The board was established under Republic Act 10368, or the Martial Law Victims Recognition and Reparation Act.


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    1. It is about time for the President to intervene with this issue and the reason why not a single centavo have not yet released to this date, is because the Marcos Family keeps on fighting it, asking more extension time from the Supreme Court. The Marcos family have tons of money to pay prominent lawyers just to follow their wishes, to keep as much as they can. However, Filipino people know that the money, properties, paintings and jewelries that the Marcos Family have illegally acquired belong to them, came from the Philippine Treasury. The President should advice the Marcos family, (since they are his friends) not to fight anymore existing claims submitted before the Supreme Court, not just on this issue but all the legitimate claims against them, to include the claims by the agency designated by the Philippine Government.

    2. Mabuti naman at aayusin na yan totoong marami sa mga ito ay halos nagaantay na lang ng tawag sa kanila ng Poong Lumikha.