Aquino signs rights compensation law

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President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines –President Benigno Aquino III on Monday signed a landmark law, compensating human rights victims of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, 27 years after a bloodless “People Power” revolution ended his reign.
“Nilagdaan natin ang Human Rights Victims Reparation Act of 2013 bilang pagkilala sa pagdurusang dinaanan ng napakarami noong Batas Militar.” Aquino said in his speech during the country’s celebration of the 27th People Power Revolution.

”Hindi natatapos sa paggunita ang ating krusada para sa katarungan,” Aquino said.

Aquino thanked Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada and Senator Serge Osmena who authored the bill, as well as Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
Ten billion pesos ($244 million) will be distributed to potentially thousands of people who were tortured, raped or detained, as well as relatives of those who were killed, by Marcos’s security forces during his 20-year rule.
Aquino said the law was part of his government’s efforts to “right the wrongs of the past”.
“We may not bring back the time stolen from martial law victims, but we can assure them of the state’s recognition of their sufferings that will help bring them closer to the healing of their wounds,” he said.
Loretta Ann Rosales, an anti-Marcos activist who was tortured by his security forces and now heads the country’s independent rights commission, said the law would finally allow all his victims to feel a sense of justice.
“The law is essential in rectifying the abuses of the Marcos dictatorship and obliges the state to give compensation to all those who suffered gross violations of their rights,” Rosales told AFP.
Marie Hilao-Enriquez, the chairwoman of Selda, a group which represents Marcos rights victims, also welcomed the symbolic intent behind the law but said the money was too little to have a meaningful impact.
“There are so many victims that when you divide it to everyone it will not result to much,” Hilao-Enriquez said.
Hilao-Enriquez’s group represents about 10,000 documented victims but she said there were many more who had not been officially registered and may now come forward, such as Muslim communities in the remote south of the country.
Under the law, a “compensation board” will accept and evaluate applications for reparations over the next six months, according to Rosales.
The compensation money will come from about $600 million the government has recovered from Swiss bank accounts that Marcos secretly maintained while he was in power.
The government has accused Marcos and his relatives of plundering up to $10 billion and has so far recovered about $4 billion.
Aquino’s mother Corazon led the “People Power” revolution that saw millions of people take to the streets and force US-government backed Marcos from power. He died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.
Sister Cres Lucero, 70, a human rights supporter, hailed the enactment of the bill into law.

“Isang tagumpay ito para sa karapatang pangtao. Kasi dito talagang pinirmahan ng Pangulo natin ang Compensation Act para sa mga biktima ng martial law,” Cres said.

She underscored the role of justice in the pursuit of freedom.

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  • dxdaistar

    can the PDI post/print this Human Rights Victim Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013?

  • Vin

    Can PNoy reverse GMA’s declaration of Feb. 25 to solely letting this to be a school holiday? This was a non-working holiday for everybody prior GMA’s time.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    Finally, justice can be served.

  • virgoyap

    Of course they deserve reparation and recognition. Bakit ngayon lang?

    • dinadaga

       pina una kasi ang mga lopez – ibinalik kaagad ni Pres Cory ang meralco at abs cbn, binuhay kaagad central azucarera at yumaman ang mga cabinet secretaries. Yung sa DENR isa sa pinamalaking contributor sa kampanya ni Pinoy noong 2010.

  • geminimind

    Reparation and recognition must be in general starting with the Ampatuan’s victims,Reyes victims,victims of natural disasters,stray bullets,NPA etc.

  • Albert Einstien

    kala ko po ba FEARLESS VIEWS BALANCE NEWS..Bakit me censorship ang comments..DITO…HISTORY lng naman yun e…para malaman natin kung sino TALAGA ang HEROES natin at TRAYDOR……….simula 1968 pa……lol

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      Me nakita ako dito isang kumentaryo sa yo na ni hindi ka raw marunong ng spelling.  Magaral ka kaya muna.

  • boybakal

    This law is for selective few thousand beneficiaries.
    Make laws for the entire country and 100 million filipinos.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      Di ba nagkainteres ka rin sa mga babayaran?

    • barok

      Magbanat ka ng buto. Para yan sa mga taong naging biktima ng marshal law, sa mga taong nakipaglaban para maibalik ang demokrasya, para malaya kang magsulat ng kahit ano laban sa gobyerno.

  • samarutan

    ingat sa implemetation… Very creative at resourceful ang mga kabayan nating madududgas! siguradohing mapupunta sa mga nararap ang compensation na yan!

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    and just in time for the EDSA celebration. how trapo-like.

    sabagay sa mga big events dapat may grand presentation. kung wala ang mga ito eh senseless ang pagsara ng EDSA at paghagis ng yellow confetti na perwisyo para sa mga metro aide na kailangang maglinis nito. oo nga pala, sila ba may bonus compensation sa kalat na ginawa ni ABnoy kanina?

  • http://yahoo.com koy-bili

    magkano kaya mapupunta sa mga abogado? :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      Malamang sa iyo na kunin ang pambayad sa kanila…magkano ang ibovolunteer mo?

    • barok

       wala. di naman paglilitis ang nangyari.

    • barok

       WALA. Dahil wala namang paglilitis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/achi.fernandez Francis Fernandez

    magkano kaya mapupunta sa campaign fund ng administrasyon.. haha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      Sa iyo siguradong wala…itanong mo sa kunsiyensiya mo, baka malaman mong dapat pa nga ay nakakulong ka, di kaya?

    • barok

       wala.

    • barok

      WALA :p

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    kung noon pa ay sinabi na nila na pera lang pala ng kailangan nila, kaysa naman nagpagod pa sila at nag-ingay eh di sana na-areglo na sila ni marcos.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    ito presidente na ito apektado na tayo ng basura sa mga istero paalisin dapat yung mga nakatira sa istero kaya tayo binabaha di kumikilos nakakahiya sa mga bisita natin kung makikita ang mga nakatira sa istero isang tambak na basura kay marcos yan kamay na bakal ang mga nakatira sa istero giba yan mahina pangiulo!

  • Rathbumo

    Paano naman yung compensation ng mga biktima ng Mendiola Massacre at yung mga Sakada na pinatay sa loob ng Hacienda Luisita? Sino ang magbabayad sa kanila? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      Umpisahan mo ang paggawa ng enabling law sa kongreso…naroon pa yata ang mga iibinoto mo.

  • disqusted0fu

    What a way to show off. And unfortunately, that’s all this is. Let’s see if it will be enacted properly. There are also plenty of human rights victims in this present administration that have yet to taste justice, by the way.

    What would’ve been a praise worthy act is if Pnoy signed the FOI bill into a law to finally fulfill at least a campaign promise back in 2010.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      Tingnan mo nga muna, bago magkandarapa sa paninira.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Ang pera ng taong bayan ay ireregalo sa mga Komunista. Isa na namang batas Abnoy ang pinirmahan ni Penoy. Hoy ! Pwesident, nasaan ang ‘compensation’ sa pobreng tenants na minasaker ng Iyong Hacienda Luisita. Ang ama ni Pwesident ay komunista kaya sa mga namerhuwesyong komunista ibibigay ang pera ng bayan. Nagbago na ang Pilipinas, puro batas Abnoy ang pinipirmahan….. Ang pangakong FOI ay batas magkukulong sa mga buwaya kaya hindi pipirmahan ng “Daang Matuwid” kasi ang totoo ay …..  “Daang Abnoy” !!!.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/52MEXY4R54XXHD6EDVMQIJIAVI JoeyLito

      mag-Presidente ka kaya?

      • ARIKUTIK

        Ikaw na lang ang mag presidente. Ang pangarap ko ay mag DI. Pasayaw sayaw lang pera na, may sweet lola pa ……. weeeeeeeee………….. byeeeeeee….>>>>>>>>>>

    • 33Sambuang2

      ikaw ang komunista kasi pisot ka…………. utak ebak ka kasi

  • yesyesyo

    PNoy wins again!!

    Go PNoy! give that P 10 Billion recovered from marcos ill-gotten wealth to the martial law victims!

    Nanggagalaiti ang mga marcos loyalist!hahaha!

  • yesyesyo

  • barok

    Sana maitayo na ang marshal law museum, magandang puntahan ng mga estudyante para mag field trip at wag yung puro sa mall at amusement park.

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