Senators praise Aquino for rights compensation law

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senators praised President Benigno Aquino III for signing the Human Rights Victim Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 on the 27th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III said in a statement Monday that the passage of the law recognizes “those who, in the quest for freedom, were killed, tortured, abducted, and unjustly harmed,” during the Martial Law years under dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“As one of the co-authors of this law, I personally see this law as a recognition of the heroism that was widespread during the Martial Law: a heroism that rang across hills and blazed through the streets of this country,” Guingona said.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, in a separate statement, said that the law will help the new generation who grew up after martial law to know more about the history of the country.

“The signing of the Human Rights Victim Reparation and Recognition Act on the anniversary of the People Power Revolution of 1986 serves as a reminder for us Filipinos to never take for granted the freedom that we now enjoy. It was paid in blood and tears of thousands of our countrymen, and it took one miraculous revolution—one where no blood was shed—to oust a dictator,” Pangilinan said.

“There’s now an entire generation of young Filipinos who were not even born when the 1986 People Power Revolution happened, much less when Martial Law was declared. It is our duty to remind this generation of what transpired. We must never allow this part of our history to be trivialized nor the facts be twisted by those who seek to be cleansed of their transgressions against the Filipino people,” he said.

Senator Francis Escudero said in his statement that the law will allot some P10 billion for compensation to all victims during the martial law era; such as deaths and disappearances, torture, political detention, etc.

“While it took all of 27 years for the state to finally recognize the atrocities it inflicted on Filipinos whose democratic rights were suppressed under Marcos, the compensation law seeks to give justice to victims of the dark days of oppression and hopefully give an assurance that it will not happen again,” Escudero said.

“The expanded coverage of the law includes not only monetary compensation but also non-monetary benefits such as social and psychological assistance on victims of atrocities through different concerned government agencies. Instead of merely calling it compensation bill, we now call it the reparation bill,” he said.

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  • quirinomayer

    E sina Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. at Congressman Imelda Marcos happy din ba sila sa batas na ito? Yang Bongbong na iyan may mukha pang magsabing pag hindi napatalsik ang kangyang ama e naging Singapore na sana ang Pilipinas! Seguro  sa populasyon – dahil sa dami ng pinapatay ng kanyang ama naging parehas ang populasyon natin sa Singapore.   

    • Jay Alvin Madrigal

      si jpe na daw po bahala sa kanila. 

  • virgoyap

    Although many victims of the Martial Law atrocities are no longer around but still the signing of the act is compensating and praiseworthy. But is there a provision as to what to do with those victims who are already dead?

    • Jay Alvin Madrigal

      good question. 

      prayers and praises daw po. hehehe. 

    • joshmale2004

      I presume, the legitimate heirs will be compensated. But there’s a extrajudicial process needed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ELGS2BPKJKG5PDWJAOOCF7K5KI Albert

    what a load of crock, if this isn’t the most obvious political move to make people feel “grateful” He could have signed this a long time ago but deliberately held off until it was election campaign season.

    • ramelatilano

      ha ha ha utak malansa…yan na naman

    • Observer_din

      na-sign na nga eh nagrereklamo pa, buti nga na-sign sa panahon niya di umabot na umabot ke BINAY o kaya ke MAR eh.

  • Jane Tan

    Wait… Does this law apply to Enrile? Hanggang ngayon hinde parin tayo sure ano nangyari sa ‘ambush’ ;p

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2RVERYUPGBL4EHNMB2QNIQTFS4 Boying

    Congratulate for doing it too late? Marami na namatay mga hindot kayo!!

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Senators praise Aquino for rights compensation law<<<

    SANA naman wala ng CUT ang mga Seneytors dito at wala ding professional fee sa pag PRAISE  kay Aquino.  Nakaka-ilang kasi itong mga TNL na seneytors na ito, e, lalo na si enrile.  Dadahak lang, e, may MOOE na kaagad na kasunod kahit bumebenta na ang SPLENDIDO..

  • disqusted0fu

    This signing of the Human Rights Victim Reparation and Recognition Act is a recognition act of its own. It is actually done purposely for recognition. Pnoy could have signed this bill a while back but of course he chose to sign it on the anniversary of people power revolution to draw more attention to his supposed ‘good deed’. But it doesn’t erase the fact that his administration is still inactive with human rights violations under his governance.

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