[In the news] Congress ratifies ‘Marcos compensation bill’ -RAPPLER.com

Congress ratifies ‘Marcos compensation bill’
January 28, 2013

rappler_logoMANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)- The Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday, January 28, ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the ‘Marcos compensation bill,’ a measure seeking to provide compensation to human rights victims during the Martial Law era.

Its formal title is “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.”

The bill is ready for President Aquino III’s signature.

Sen Francis “Chiz” Escudero is the sponsor of the measure in the Senate. He is chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

“This is a first of such human rights legislation in the world where a state recognizes a previous administration’s fault against its own people and not only provides for, but also actually appropriates for reparation,” the senator said.

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