The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) announced on Thursday that Martial Law victims may now file their claims for reparation and recognition under Republic Act No. 10368 starting on Monday.
”All systems go. The Claims Board and its staff, with the established systems and procedures, are all set to receive and evaluate the documents about stories of sacrifices and heroism from those who suffered during Martial Law. The members of the Claims Board know by heart the substance of RA 10368, its intent and purposes to tilt the scales of justice in favor of the victims by recognizing the victims and providing reparations,” said Chairperson Lina Sarmiento in a press conference in UP Diliman on Thursday.
Sarmiento said that victims of Martial Law must submit their names at the HRVCB within six (6) months, starting from May 12 to November 10, 2014.
If claimants are not not capable, their legal heir or authorized representative may file it on their behalf, otherwise they are considered to have waived their claims.
Mr. Ruben Veluz, a 68-year old Martial Law victim who was illegally detained, said that he is pleased and looking forward for the advancement and fair execution of the said Act.
Sarmineto said the HRVCB will enshrine the names of the Martial Law victims in the Roll of Victims of Human Violations, and afterwards will be endorsed to the Memorial Commission. (PNA)