Martial law abuse victims’ scammers at it again

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A bill to compensate abuse victims of martial law with a P10-billion fund is attracting scammers yet again.

The rights group Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda) on Sunday warned legitimate victims of martial law to be wary of persons attempting to extract personal information from them or telling them they could help them obtain their part of the compensation for a fee.

Selda chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez aired the warning after hearing from some group members who had been approached by suspected scammers.

“We call on all martial law victims to be wary of persons asking for money to process their claims,” Enriquez said in a statement.

“We are advising everyone not to fall prey to these culprits. We have fought for justice this long. We should ensure that the compensation shall be received by the rightful recipients,” she said.

Once the compensation bill becomes law, the victims or their survivors in the case of deceased victims, would receive remuneration from a P10-billion fund, with the amount they would receive depending on the severity of the abuse they suffered.

Enriquez said two Selda members from Tarlac, who were encoding the documents of claimants in Concepcion town, were approached by a man claiming to be from the Office of the President.

The man, who identified himself as Gerry Caloza, asked for information about the victims, she said.

In Bataan, martial law victims were approached by persons claiming to belong to the “Bullion Group.”

The persons told the victims they stood to receive millions and offered to help them file claims, Enriquez said.

In a phone interview, Enriquez told the Inquirer that from way back, whenever reports about government compensation for the martial law victims came out in the media, unscrupulous persons took advantage of the news by offering to help process claims in exchange for a fee.

She said the persons usually asked for money to pay for ID cards, membership forms and transportation expenses to take care of the claims.

Selda is verifying reports that people from Marawi City were recruited to attend a Davao City seminar for martial law victims and were asked to shell out P3,000 apiece. They were allegedly told they would receive P1 million each if they attended the seminar.

Enriquez said Selda’s concerns about scammers were not baseless after eight people in 2011 were charged with fraud when they were found to be involved in attempts to cash checks made out to legitimate martial law victims.

This was after 7,526 claimants in a class suit against the Marcoses in Hawaii were awarded $1,000 each from a $10-million settlement of another case involving Marcos properties.

According to Enriquez, it was best if the martial law victims talked to organizations mentioned in the proposed law as being able to help them process their claims.

Selda is one of the human rights groups recognized in the bill as among those that may send in nominations to the compensation board. Selda led in the filing of the class suit against the Marcoses and has chapters nationwide that could help identify the victims eligible for claims, she said.

The other organizations named in the bill are Task Force Detainees of the Philippines; Free Legal Assistance Group; Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism (Mabini); and Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance. But other groups may send in nominations as well, Enriquez said.

Enriquez also reminded martial law victims that the bill to compensate them for abuses had not yet been signed into law, which means the processing for their claims could not yet begin.

President Aquino may sign the law later this month, she said, possibly during the 1986 People Power revolution anniversary.

Under the compensation bill, the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, an independent and quasi-judicial body, will receive, evaluate, process and investigate the applications for monetary compensation.

It would use a point system to determine the amount of compensation that each victim would get based on their experiences.

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

    ,Martial Law was declared by the Phl gov;t under Pres Marcos due to infiltration and violent  infleunce of Communist leader of the Philippines Jose Maria Sison CPPA/NPA. if they( claimant) had  participated in creating unrest and violence against the gov’t, fighting against the Filipino soldiers who were fighting for  upholding democracy of the Phl, and  joined as  NPA members and as  collaborators those Filipinos  should not be given any  right at all to claim as a victim of martial law ,period. Many Filipino soldiers died and killed by CPPA/NPA who fought to preserve democracy from communism  deserves compensation  more  than those who collaborated and played active role as NPA  shouldn’t be compensated at all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UWXUQZQDNSRTVWMFCUHAYA7OOA John

    Pinoy what are you waiting for why not signed this bill into law right away baka yong /P 10 B mawala na naman. Hirap saiyo pati kaso ng tatay mo wala kayong nagawa ng nanay mo. ang mga suspect nariyan lang sa paligid niyo at nakakausap pati. Declare ML at ikulong kaagad sila. You know whom I’m talking about.. para matulungan ka ask Enrile,Ramos, Honasas and the Ver brothers who killed your papa kawawa naman yong mga soldier na pinain as kilers na nagdusa saz jail although their families was supported by the prinicipal suspects so with the family of Rolando Galman

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GUVVKS4SPGK5S5C5ZR4D2N2M5I anak ng sultan

    di ko na masyadung matandaan anung year na yun sumikat dito sa mindanao, buong mag anak ko nag pa membro dyan para makakuha ng p[era mula sa mga marcos at ginamit pa yung, ORO PLATA FOUNDATION na naka address dyan sa QUEZON CITY.. anu kayang nangyari dun? biruin mo mga govt. employees ang recruiter, ie. teacher sa public school, examiner ng BIR.. laki din nakuha nilang membership fee samin ah… kaya mga kabayan ingat kayo another SCAM IS COMING..  ORO PLATA FOUNDATION…… ANG RECRUITTER SI EDUARDO ANCHETA TAGA GENSAN CITY, ewan kung buhay pa tong gagong ito.. naka retired kaya sya sa BIR? 

  • UrHONOR

    SINO kaya ang nagpapasiya kung sino ang mga kwalipikado sa pagtanggap ng kabayaran na yan bilang kabayaran sa perhuwisyong naranasan nila sa TNL na Martial Law?  Ano kaya ang magiging batayan?

    • magiting78

      Tanong ko lang d2 yun bang P10B n ibabayad s mga victim saan galing?, Sa ninakaw na pera ba sa kaban yaman or personal n pera ng mga Marcos?…If it will be taken from ill gotten wealth, every filipino has right on it not only those victims as they claim. But if it is from Marcoses own money it is ok to distribute to the victim….

  • vin reyes

    mga abnormal itong diumano’y biktima noon ng martial law..lumalaban daw para sa dekmorasya noong panahon ni mr. marcos..pero bandang huli nagpapabayad din naman..aangas nyo ah may kapalit din palang halaga ang paglaban nyo noon sa rehimeng marcos..paano namang malalamang mga lehitimo kayong mga naging biktima noon ng martial law..basta ba miyembro kayo ng SELDA e automatic certified na kayong biktima ng martial law..style nyo ha..

    • vinzerx

      You must be a Marcos loyalist, one of those yahoo conspiracy theorists, or simply uneducated (maybe all of the above) to not understand that the money is irrelevant compared to the value of the bill in actually acknowledging that there was abuse that took place during martial law. The bill authors and not the victims thought of distributing the recovered Marcos wealth to the victims themselves of the regime, which is better than leaving them at the hands of current officials.

      The money is just a lucky windfall for these victims. They certainly weren’t expecting any compensation when they went against Marcos, freedom is reward enough for them. But this is probably a foreign concept for a selfish person such as yourself, so no one expects you to understand.

  • rodben

    If this law sign by Noy2 more arms to the Communist Peso of the Philippines(CPP) use to kill the Phil. soldiers and innocent Pinoys and Jose Maria Sison become more richer than Marcos now….that’s Aquino legacy..

    • Roy Batty

       Malibog yan si Joma kaya gusto sa Netherlands na kung saan yun mga pokpok dun parang nasa aquarium lang.

  • rodben

    Mga Membro ng cpp/npa ( communist Peso of the Philippines/new Peso army ) are now more active and abusive in provinces asking revulotionary tax to farmers and businessmen dahil their leaders are already in the gov’t during Marcos time they are in prisons life in provinces are peaceful…and now again asking big money to Marcoses this is supposed to all Pinoys like building Hospital ( Public hostals are now sold to private ) building schools and buy modern teaching books….instead of give to these EXTORTIONIST GROUPS….

  • rodben

    If Noy2 sign this into law these is again an STUPID LAW and ANTI-PINOY POOR….is this a LEGACY or COMMUNISM ACT?…Just asking mga amigos

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Mahalaga ang batas na’to, ito ang magiging mataibay na katibayang may malawakang human rights violations noong panahon ng Diktador na si Marcos. Hindi na makakapagsalita si Imeldific at bobong Bongbong ng “What human rights violations.”

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