AFP: Compensation to rights victims corrects mistakes of past

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Armed Forces of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines, one of the institutions blamed for the atrocities during martial law, has welcomed the law granting compensation to the victims of human rights during that dark chapter of Philippine history

“The AFP fully supports our President’s move to sign into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 which provides justice for all the people who suffered the atrocities of martial law,” the military said in a statement on Monday.

The military considers the law as a reminder to Filipinos “of the important lessons of our past by educating them of the stories of heroism and suffering during the martial law era.”

“Our country has a very rich history and we should all learn from the mistakes of the past in order to prevent the negative part of our history from repeating itself,” the military said.

As part of its acknowledgment of the atrocities committed during martial law, the military declassified the martial law documents in 2011 and turned them over to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

It’s been a long struggle for the AFP to redeem its image as a human rights violator. To this day, it dodges allegations by activists and progressive movements of human rights abuses.

But the AFP has remained steadfast in its own campaign to change that reputation, styling itself as a protector of human rights nearly three decades since the downfall of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“As an organization promoting the protection of the human rights and adherence to the International Humanitarian Law, all developments and moves toward the attainment of truth and justice for our people are always welcome,” the AFP said.

The military said the law would allow everyone “to move forward as a nation without forgetting the sacrifices and heroism of our people who bravely fought for our country’s democracy.”

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    Sasakit na naman ang mga bumbunan ng mga nagtututuwad sa di nila mabaluktot na TUWID NA DAAN…kung bakit kasi mas minamahalaga nila ang paglalagay ng laman sa bulsa, kaysa ulo, sa dulo niyan ang mga inilalagay niyo sa bulsa ninyo pambili na lang ng lubid na pambigti ang magagawa niyo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

      sa saudi ang tawag ng reparations na iyan ay BLOOD MONEY.

  • Anqui

    May the era of Generals Garcia, Ligot, and those past Chiefs of Staffs come to an end…Corruption is what we all know in government but more of that in the Military and PNP.  I faulted the common Filipino who tolerated  abusive behaviors of those who would serve them…please Juan de la Cruz, participate for you  and your Children.

  • doublecross

    compensated ba ako…???

  • patriotic_act

    tuwang tuwa ang mga aktibista.. they will then continue to become a bane of this society as they know they will be compensated in the future.

  • virgoyap

    This is a commendatory statement by the military. Instead of reacting for their previous wrongdoings, to accept it and to learn from it, will put them in a brighter light. If they are serious about this new attitude, then people’s attitude towards them will also be changed positively.

  • Guest

    Hail PNOy for the signing of Human Rights Compensation law. The long
    wait is over for Martial Law victims.

  • Guest

    Nakalimot na yata ang mga tao sa mga pag-abusong ginawa ng mga Marcos at niluklok pa sa puwesto sa gobyerno sina Bongbong, Imelda at Imee. Dapat hanggang diyan na lang sila.

  • Guest

    Hindi na mauulit iyan pero bantayan pa rin natin ang mga yellow pretenders ng LP. Sila ang mga taksil ng Edsa.

  • disqusted0fu

    Don’t be too quick to celebrate. Let’s see the compensation and the justice happen first. These days it’s usually only Pnoy and his KKKs who get justice. For all we know, this could be just a campaign move by Pnoy. He could’ve done it before, but he chose to do it during the campaign period, on the anniversary of People Power. That’s what you call putting on a show.

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