By Leila B. Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 9, 2012
Victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos dictatorship are disgusted.
Former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos has emerged as the second richest in the House of Representatives, while thousands of the victims are still awaiting government compensation for their sufferings.
“We are very insulted with Imelda’s flaunting of her ‘wealth,’ while martial law victims are denied justice and indemnification,” Angie Ipong, secretary general of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda), said in a statement.
The compensation bill for the victims has been pending since 1998 and has yet to become a law. In the meantime, Marcos, the widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, has grown richer.
Based on her 2011 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, Marcos is almost a billionaire, with a net worth of P932 million. She ranked second only to boxing superstar and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao. In 2010, Marcos was worth P623.6 million.
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