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Compensation of Marcos human rights victims on track


Victims of human rights abuse during the Marcos martial law regime may be a step closer to receiving state compensation for their suffering.

The House of Representatives appropriations committee has approved a bill providing compensation to the human rights victims, which means the proposed law would now be scheduled for plenary debates before it is presented for passage on second reading.

Bohol Representative Rene Relampagos, chairman of the human rights committee, said the bill had been a long time coming. The regime of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who instituted martial law in 1972, ended in 1986.

“This bill has been pending in the legislative mill for a long time. Most of the victims are old, some have died. They remain prejudiced the longer they do not get what is due them,” Relampagos said in a statement.

Under the bill, the monetary compensation the human rights victims would receive would come from the recovered ill-gotten wealth of Marcos and his family.

A human rights compensation fund and a human rights victims compensation board would also be established. The proposed amount for the compensation fund is P10 billion.

The board would be tasked with evaluating and approving compensation claims. The amount of compensation victims would receive would depend on the severity of the offenses committed against them, as determined by the board. There would be a point system to determine this.

The appropriations committee also recommended that the board be augmented by a secretariat composed of Commission on Human Rights personnel.

Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada, a coauthor of the compensation bill, said earlier the measure was intended to recognize the heroism and sacrifices of Filipinos who were victims of summary execution, torture, involuntary disappearance and other human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship, and to restore their honor and dignity.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5Q5PV6KNYNVSOCHXJVJPYUVFE cion

    How can this House committee determine that it was Pres Marcos who violated their human rights ,when the communist leader Jose Maria Sison was caught bombing Plaza Miranda resulting to the injury of Rafael Yabut who after investigation found out that it was Jose Maria Sison the NPA leader and not Pres Marcos did the bombing. How do we know that those claimant was not NPA influenced who cause the torture and abuse of many innocent Filipinos, and blamed it  on the sitting President who had to impose Martial  Law to avoid further danger to innocent Filipinos. Pres Marcos as commander-in-chief(pro-poor) and the military fought hard against NPA insurgency led by Jose Maria Sison, who is now in exile in the Netherlands  freed by Cory Aquino after she grab the presidency from Arturo M. Tolentino. And its happenning again the son is trying hard to impeach   CJ by dictating the House of Represntatives so he can appoint a CJ  thereby  he can dictate to reverse Hacienda Luisita poor farmers claim as legal beneficiary ,which his family illegal changed the contract drafted under Pres Ramon Magsaysay.using the Central bank dollar reserve.Filipinos now all why they have to be in power and Filipinos need not go thru it again. 

    • INQ_reader

      What a twisted logic! First, it was not just one incident that the various victims were involved in. Human rights violations happened throughout the marcos dictatorship. Second, how can the NPAs, as you allege, torture victims and then influence them to bring their can against the dictator? The torturer and influencer in one is impossible.

  • kulittwit

    Justice to all martial law victims of human rights violations!

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