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SC asked: Void Sarmiento appointment

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Lina Sarmiento. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

As the Aquino administration celebrated the 28th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship, victims of martial law went to the Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop a retired police director from chairing the board that would determine compensation for victims of the Marcos regime.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino refuses to budge on rights board appointment

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Lina Sarmiento. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Tuesday rejected demands that he withdraw the appointment of Lina Sarmiento, insisting that the former police director was the right person to “fend off” a supposed effort to “sabotage” the compensation of victims of human rights violations during martial law.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Claims board fight goes to SC

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Retired police general Lina Sarmiento.  INQUIRER file photo

Victims of martial law are taking up another fight against what they consider a monumental injustice.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace firm on claims board head

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Lina Sarmiento. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Sunday stood firmly behind President Aquino’s highly criticized decision to appoint a former police official to head the board tasked with facilitating the distribution of the P10-billion compensation for victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Joker Arroyo writes open letter to President Aquino

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Sen. Joker Arroyo (Inquirer.net file photo), Gen. Lina Castillo Sarmiento (Inquirer file photo), President Benigno Aquino III (Inquirer file photo)

This is an open letter to the President with an appeal for him to ask his senior staff to reexamine the basis for the appointment of police Gen. Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board. It is unfortunate that her credentials do not meet the minimum standards, albeit exacting, set under Republic Act No. 10368, otherwise known as the “Human Rights Victims’ Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.”

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

How much is suffering under Marcos worth?

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Lina Sarmiento. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The chair of the newly created Human Rights Victims Claims Board on Tuesday said that putting a monetary value on the abuse human rights victims of the Marcos regime went through was a thorny issue.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lawmaker asks Aquino to recall appointee

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Retired police general Lina Sarmiento.  INQUIRER file photo

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares is urging the President to withdraw his appointment of a retired police general as chief executive of the nine-member Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board because it was “an insult to martial law victims.”

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

First woman 2-star general heads newly-formed human-rights panel

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Retired police general Lina Sarmiento.  INQUIRER file photo

The former first woman two-star general in the history of the Philippine National Police is now the head of the newly-formed human-rights claims panel.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Marcos sins, victims’ woes to be taught in schools

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JAILED TWICE One of the victims of martial law abuses, Carmencita Florentino, 64, is shown peering through the screen door of her home in a poor area of Tatalon, Quezon City. More than 9,000 victims stand to receive compensation from the $246-million fund the government recovered from the Marcos wealth. Florentino was jailed twice, in 1977 and 1978. Bullit Marquez/AP

So the nation will remember not to forget, a bill that recognizes for the first time that the Marcos dictatorship committed atrocities against Filipinos also mandates the teaching in schools of the abuses inflicted on its opponents and the heroism of those who fought the regime.

Posted: January 30th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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