Martial law claims breach 75,000 mark

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The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board has appealed for more time and resources to process the claims of martial law victims because the number of claims has reached a 75,730 as of May this year.

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Claims Board Chairperson Lina Sarmiento said the Board projected to process 20,000 claims when it started its work in 2014, but the number of applications breached the 75,000 mark in May. Of this number, only about 14.61 percent or 11,071 claims have been processed.

Monetary reparations can only be distributed after all of the claims have been tackled.

The Human Rights Victims’ Reparation and Recognition Act or the Marcos compensation law provides P10 billion for the financial remuneration of victims of Martial law atrocities. These include victims of summary executions, enforced disappearances, and torture.

The law also earmarks P500 million for the establishment of a memorial, museum and library in honor of the victims of human rights violations.

With the unprecedented number of claims, Sarmiento said the Board will need more time, personnel and resources to finish their task.

“Knowing that many victims of human rights abuses during martial law are old and sick, and wanting them to enjoy their monetary and non-monetary reparations, we tried our best to adjudicate as many as possible. But after the extended application period, the number of claims spiked to a high of 75,730. The Board, through its three Divisions, have to evaluate almost four times more than what was initially projected,” he pointed out.

The compensation fund will come from the P10 billion transferred to the Philippine government from Switzerland by virtue of an Order of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 1997. The money was adjudged by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as part of the ill-gotten wealth of formerPresident Ferdinand Marcos.

A bill filed by Representatives Ibarra Gutierrez of Akbayan party-list, Jose Christopher Belmonte and Angelina Katoh that aims to extend the processing of claims as well as additional resources and staff is pending at the House of Representatives.

“We hope the House of Representatives and the Senate will act on the extension (bill) immediately in order to ensure the Board’s fulfillment of its mandate of providing a measure of justice to the victims,” Sarmiento said.

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  1. Now that the greatest Philippine President of all time, Ferdinand E. Marcos is dead, anyone can claim a victim. It’s free for all. What a joke. I even read one of the claimant was born in 1992 and some in 1987, 1989, 1990 up to 2010. Wasn’t it Cory’s reign as president. What a bunch of liars. NPA killed NPA. CPP killed CPP. LMAO

    This is the biggest joke in the Philippine history. Accusing a dead man who cannot defend against his 75,000 accusers. Again lol lol lol lol

    NPA killed more than 300,000 innocent civilians, members, soldiers since it was founded 45 years ago. You can go and watch former NPA Father Balweg and Ka ArIs then calculate. lol

  2. Oh my goodness unbelievable ganyan ba karami ang mga victims ni President Marcos, this is for the world record in the book of guiness, ang alam ko wala dahil sa gawa gawa lang ng mga yellow brigade iyan mga fictitious claimant and victims, ilan ilang lang yan mga true blodied communist na iyan, ang alam ko lahat ng political opposition lang ang pinahuhuli ng mga constable noon at kasama na rin si Alikabok, pero nong bandang huli pinakawalan.
    Ang alam ko ang mga pinagpapatay ay gawa rin ng mga kumunista dahil sa tinatawag na purging sa kanilang hanay, kasamahan lilikidahin ka rin dahil espiya daw ng gobyerno ganyan ang totoong nangyari andiyan si Satur Ocampo bakit hindi ninyo tanungin.
    Kay Marcos ba meron komunista na rallyista sa Mendiola na pupunta ng Malacanang na meron minsaker diba wala tinataboy lang.
    Kay DICTATOR CORY meron minasaker ng nakalusot sa Mendiola pagdating ng gate ng Malacanang pinagpapatay.
    Kay Marcos be meron farmer kumunista na minasaker diba wala sa Hacienda Luisita minamasaker.
    NGAYONG SINONG MERON MALAKING KASALANANG SA BAYAN DI BA MGA AQUINO

  3. Cesar Camua Martin on

    How about the VICTIMS of the Yellow Dictatorship, (Mendiola, Hacienda Luisita, Yolanda, SAF 44 and the rest of the millions of Filipinos who voted for ERAP, VILLAR, GORDON and “GIBO”, will there be a Hepa B Victims Reparation and Recognition Act?