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[Press Release] PNoy approves six-month extension of deadline for Martial Law claims application -Akbayan

PNoy approves six-month extension of deadline for Martial Law claims application

Three months after the November 10, 2014 deadline expiration, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has approved Joint Resolution No. 3 extending for six months the deadline for Martial Law claims application to May 2015.

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Joint Resolution No. 3 is the consolidation of Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 and House Joint Resolution No. 16.

“The enactment of the law is a crucial victory for the families and victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law period whose hope and opportunity to file their claims for reparation and redress for the sacrifices and sufferings they endured in the past were blighted by the November 2014 deadline,” Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez.

“With the new deadline, we ensure that all legitimate claimants, particularly those who are now in their final years and those who are living in the far-flung areas, are given the vital time and full opportunity to file their claims with the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board,” the lawmaker added.

Gutierrez said that an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 legitimate claimants are yet to file their claims for reparation under Republic Act No. 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

“Even as a new deadline is set, we, however, continue to urge the various grassroots-based civil society organizations located across the country to support the Board in reaching out to all the victims, many of whom have no access to public information on Martial Law claims and the Claims board,” the Akbayan solon said.

“Through our collective efforts, we could help usher in the much-needed redress to the victims and provide a proper recognition of their heroism and sacrifices in defense of individual rights and liberties and the nation’s democracy while laying down the necessary steps toward national healing and renewal,” he concluded.

February 25, 2015
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact Person: Rose Humiwat @ 0905 132 5474

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[Press Release] PNoy urged to extend deadline for the Martial Law victims’ claim -PAHRA

PNoy urged to extend deadline for the Martial Law victims’ claim

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), a coalition of human rights groups, is urging Pres. Noynoy Aquino to immediately act and certify as urgent a Joint Resolution for the extension of filing of Martial Law victims’ claim.

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Under the Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 and House of Representatives Joint Resolution No. 16 extending for six months the application period for the victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law period as stipulated in the Republic Act No. 10368,
http://www.gov.ph/2013/02/25/republic-act-no-10368/ otherwise known as the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

?Max de Mesa, PAHRA Chairperson, noted that the deadline for the filing of claims on November 10, 2014 is fast approaching but many human rights victims have yet to file their claims before the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB).

“PNoy’s action by certifying urgent the resolution for extension in filing claims will give hope to many human rights victims by giving more time for them to prepare and complete their claims and for the HRVCB to complete its mandate,” PAHRA Secretary General, Rose Trajano, said.

“There are, in fact, more than 7,000 undocumented human rights victims from the cursory research conducted by our group, apart from the more than 9,000 Hawaii class suit claimants. As of October 2014, HRVCB has received only around 29,000 claims, lower than the 55,000 to 90,000 applications expected by the Board officials. It is evident that much more work has to be done if we are going to provide compensation and give some measure of justice to all deserving claimants.” De Mesa explained.

An active search and assistance by PAHRA members and network of civil society organizations and human rights defenders’ organizations are supplementing the best efforts of the Board in reaching out to communities all over the country.

“The extension, more than the filing of claim, ensure that all human rights victims will be given access to a means of gaining redress for the sufferings and sacrifices that they endured during the Martial Law,” De Mesa continued.

PAHRA stressed that both the HRVCB and the Commission on Human Rights have also seen the urgent need to extend the period for filing of claims under the said law, because of the huge numbers of applicants coming in to the Board’s main office in Quezon City as well as at its scheduled mobile intakes in the regions and provinces, is posing a big challenge to the existing and available resources of the Board, given the time allowed by the law which shall end on November 10, 2014. Under RA 10368, “(t)hat ‘failure to application within said period is deemed a waiver of the right to file the same.”

The House of Representatives passed on Second Reading House Joint Resolution No. 16 filed by Akbayan Representatives Barry Gutierrez and Walden Bello and is set to pass the same on Third Reading next week. While the Senate is expected to pass Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 filed by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero next week.

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October 24, 2014

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[Press Release] Akbayan Rep. Gutierrez pushes for extension of deadline for filing of claims for Martial Law victims

Akbayan Rep. Gutierrez pushes for extension of deadline for filing of claims for Martial Law victims

“The lack of time should not pose as a hindrance to the recognition and reparation of the human rights victims for the sufferings and sacrifices they endured during Martial Law,” Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez said.

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His statement came Sunday on the 42nd year commemoration of the imposition of Martial Law on September 21, 1972, saying that “recognizing the struggles of the victims is important more than ever, as most survivors enter their final years.”

Gutierrez filed Joint House Resolution No. 16 extending the deadline for filing of claims for victims of human rights during the Marcos regime to cope with the large number of persons seeking for reparation and recognition under Republic Act 10368, or the Human Rights Victims
Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

From November 10, 2014, the proposed measure seeks to move the deadline application to May 2015.

“The six-month extension was sought to allow the legitimate claimants, especially those living in far-flung areas of the country, full opportunity to file their claims with the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) and gain redress for injustices they suffered four decades ago,” Gutierrez said.

Emphasizing the urgency of the resolution, Gutierrez urged Congress for the immediate approval of the proposed measure, saying this is
important in “making certain that the struggles of the people who have fought the Marcos dictatorship are given due recognition and the full
opportunity to secure their rightful place in our history.”

“[And] we need to ensure that all those who suffered in the defense of freedom and democracy are rendered full justice,” he added.

“We urge both Houses of Congress to swiftly and immediately approve this measure that ensure the full realization of the goals and objectives of RA 10368 to recognize and provide reparation to the victims and their families who suffered deaths and unspeakable losses during one of the darkest periods in our history,” Gutierrez concluded.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact Person: Rose Humiwat @ 0905 132 5474

HONEY ROSE K. HUMIWAT
Media Relations Officer
Office of Rep. Ibarra “Barry” Gutierrez III
513 South Wing, House of Representatives
+63 905 132 5474

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[Blog] When money is not enough. By Darwin Mendiola

When money is not enough
By Darwin Mendiola

A country in a democratic transition must come to terms with its past in order to move forward.

Addressing past atrocities and injustices is considered a crucial part of social healing and national reconciliation. Acknowledging the misdeeds especially human rights violations is one significant step towards guaranteeing the right of the victims for effective remedies.

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However, remedial measures take various forms of reparation. One way is through compensation. This serves both as an acknowledgment of the human rights violations and the sanctioning of the state for allowing or for directly committing such violations.

After more than four decades, the Philippine government through the passage of Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 finally recognizes “the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims” of human rights violations during martial law and “restore the victims’ honor and dignity.”

Compensation provides not only material but also symbolic political and social benefits. First, it helps bring immediate economic relief to victims and their families and allow them to meet the basic survival needs. Secondly, the monetary compensation may serve as a deterrent for future abuses by imposing financial sanctions for committing such violations.

Although harms or injuries resulting from human rights violations are often irreparable but compensation can help restore the victims’ dignity by knowing that their rights are recognized and the violations committed against them are being atoned.

But lest we forget that reparations are not primarily about money, but to publicly acknowledge the wrongdoings and to guarantee its non-repetition. It is a necessary component of the healing process as it signifies a concrete step on the part of the state to make amends and take full responsibility for the historical tragedies like Martial Law.

Compensation must therefore serve to continuously promote and protect human rights. For money can’t buy justice but it can help the victim to endlessly pursue it.

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[Statement] Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board Conducts Consultations, Sets Period for Applications

HUMAN RIGHTS VICTIMS’ CLAIMS BOARD
Virata Hall, Institute of Small Scale Industries (ISSI) Building,
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
email: hrvictimsclaimsboard@gmail.com
Press Statement
4 April 2014

Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board Conducts Consultations, Sets Period for Applications

The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, tasked with the implementation of RA 10368 providing for reparations and recognition to victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime, has started conducting consultations on the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations on 2 April 2014.

The Board passed a Resolution setting the period for filing applications by the victims, to commence on 12 May 2014 and to terminate on 10 November 2014. The announcement will be published in two national newspapers for three consecutive weeks, in accordance with the law.

The consultations are being done by the Board in line with its policy of transparency and inclusive participation. Its aim is in order to achieve a common understanding on the provisions of the law; gather inputs, comments and suggestions on the draft IRR; undertake field testing of intake forms for claimants and conduct initial survey about possible areas of cooperation.

The participatory process allows the victims and survivors themselves to contribute to the IRR in order to arrive at a speedy and expeditious procedure that is cognizant of their fundamental rights as well as their context and situations. It also ensures that safeguards and mechanisms are instituted to prevent fraudulent, fictitious and spurious claims. Other stakeholders like human rights organizations and government agencies are also able to identify concrete ways of providing information, documents and assistance relevant to the objectives of RA 10368.

At the consultations on 2 and 3 April conducted in Quezon City, 7 victims’ organizations, 8 non-government organizations, 7 government agencies, 2 religious groups and 4 lawyers groups and 8 representatives from the security sector participated. The Board has divided itself into teams that will go to the different regions from today until 21 April.

On 4 April, the Board is consulting with multi-stakeholders in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Other schedules of consultations are:

April 7: Cotabato City and Davao City

April 8: Calbayog City and Iloilo City

April 10: San Fernando, La Union

April 21: Legaspi City.

LINA CASTILLO SARMIENTO
Chairperson, Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board

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