Thousands list up as Marcos victims
The Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRCVB) has received more than 15,000 applications in the second filing round of claims for recognition and compensation for atrocities suffered during martial law.
Since April 8, the agency has received 15,430 applications at its offices nationwide. Of the number, 6,876 applications were filed during remote operations conducted in Jolo, Catbalogan City and General Santos City. Another team will be accepting applications in Ilagan, Isabela and Lagawe, Ifugao, next week.
HRVCB Chair Lina Sarmiento reminded claimants they had only until May 30 to file their applications for recognition and reparation under Republic Act No. 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.
RA 10368 aims to provide recognition and reparation, both monetary and nonmonetary, to all victims of human rights violations during the martial law regime under dictator Ferdinand Marcos. A P10-billion reparation fund had been set aside for the purpose.
Sarmiento also reminded applicants to file their claims in person. Claimants must schedule an appointment with the HRVCB main office or regional desks. The process is free.–Julie M. Aurelio
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