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[In the news] More martial law victims slam OSG: Why block reparation claims? -INQUIRER.net

Another group of former political prisoners during the martial law regime of President Ferdinand Marcos has questioned the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for blocking what should have been the third payout of reparation claims granted human rights victims by a Hawaii District Court.

In a statement, Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda) described as “questionable” the motives of the OSG in refusing the settlement deal that would have distributed $13.75 million among 6,500 registered claimants in the class suit.

On Wednesday, the OSG, the Department of Justice and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) said they had agreed on March 11 that the government would no longer enter into the settlement deal “in the best interest of the republic.”

The OSG, headed by Jose Calida, said it found the terms of the deal “grossly disadvantageous to the government and not in accord with existing Philippine laws and jurisprudence.”

Under the settlement agreement, the martial law victims would receive $13.75 million from the sale of four paintings illegally acquired by former first lady Imelda Marcos, with the government getting $4 million.

The remainder would be split between Golden Buddha Corp. and the estate of Roger Roxas, who discovered the so-called Yamashita treasure.

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[From the web] Anti-Torture Coalition denounces Marcos burial like a “thief in the night”-UATC

Anti-Torture Coalition denounces Marcos burial like a “thief in the night”

uatc logoA network of civil society organizations which advocate for the eradication of torture and ill treatment in the Philippines has likened the  sudden manner of the burial of the late deposed  dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB) today as a “thief in the night.”

The United against Torture Coalition (UATC) said that the swiftness of the Marcos’s internment tend to belie the claim of the dictator’s family and their supporters that there is a popular support for the decision to bury him in the LnmB.

“Once again, the public was caught by surprise just like the time when the entire country was placed by Marcos under martial law. That kind of  stealth is characteristic of a thief who strikes in the dead of night when the victims are unaware,” the UATC spokesperson, Kaloy Anasarias, said.

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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.

Press release
October 24, 2014

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[Press Release] Martial Law Victims of Human Rights Abuses may file claims starting May 12

PRESS RELEASE, April 27, 2014
Martial Law Victims of Human Rights Abuses may file claims starting May 12

The Human Rights Violations Victims Claims Board (HRVVCB) has approved on Thursday, April 24, 2016 the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for RA 10368 also known as Martial Law Victims’ Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.

The Philippine government through RA 10368 declared that “consistent with the policy of the State to recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims” of human rights violations during martial law and “restore the victims’ honor and dignity, (T)he State hereby acknowledges its moral and legal obligation to recognize and/or provide reparation to said victims and/or their families for the deaths, injuries, sufferings, deprivations and damages they suffered under the Marcos regime.”

“ Those who were killed, enforced disappeared, tortured, illegally detained,  deprived of livelihood and properties by agents of the state and those acting in their behalf during martial law will be recognized and given reparations by the human Rights Violations Victims’ Claims Board  (HRVVCB). Applications for claims starts May 12, 2014, when the IRR will be effective,” said Chairperson of the HRVVCB Lina Sarmiento.

The IRR states that it “shall be liberally construed to promote the intent, purposes and objectives of the Human Rights VictimsReparation and Recognition Act of 2013…  Any doubt in the implementation and interpretation hereof shall be resolved in favor of facilitating the reparation and recognition of bona fide human rights violations victims or their legal heirs.”

“ Following the guidelines laid down by the law, we have approved an IRR that ensures transparency and a speedy and expeditious procedure that also allows opposition to fraudulent, fictitious or spurious applications,” said the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Claims Board (HRVVCB)

The IRR for RA 10368 (entitled “An Act Providing for Reparations and Recognition of Victims of Human Rights Violations During Marcos Regime,

Documentation of Said Violations, Appropriating Funds Therefor and For Other Purposes” will be published in two newspapers on April 27, 2014 and will become effective on May 12, 2014. The Claims Board has already set the dates for application of claims as May 12, 2014 – November 10, 2014. Failure to submit applications during the period will be a waiver of claims to recognition or reparations.

“ All victims of human rights violations during martial law, or their legal heirs and authorized representatives in cases of those killed, disappeared and incapacitated, must submit personally their applications and supporting documents for recognition and reparations to the Claims Board.

These includes those with conclusive presumption such as those who won in the Hawaii Court class suit and those recognized by the Bantayog ng mga Bayani,” said the Claims Board.

The Claims Board may take judicial notice motu proprio of individual persons who suffered human rights violations during martial law and grant such persons recognition as victims and their names will be enshrined in the Roll of Human Rights Violations Victims.

The IRR states that the determination of award of monetary reparation “shall be based on the type of human rights abuse committed against the victim, frequency and duration of the violations and severity of harm and consequences. In each category, the HRVVs who have suffered more would receive more points. In instances where a victim is classified in more than one category, s/he shall be awarded the points in the higher category.”

Applications for recognition as victims of human rights abuses during martial law from August 22, 1972 – March 25, 1986 may be submitted starting May 12, 2014 on Mondays to Fridays during office hours at the Claims Board office at UP ISSI, Virata Hall, Emilio Jacinto Street, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

“ In the spirit of reaching out to all victims of martial law abuses and to ensure better access to us, we will be announcing other places for acceptance of applications in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. “ said Sarmiento.

The IRR also states that, “A Memorial/Museum/Library shall be established in honor and in memory of the victims of human rights violations, whose names are inscribed in the Roll of Human Rights Violations Victims prepared by the Board… The database prepared by the Board derived from the processing of claims shall be turned over to the Memorial Commission for archival purposes, and made accessible for the promotion of human rights to all government agencies and instrumentalities in order to prevent recurrence of similar abuses, encourage continuingreforms and contribute to ending impunity.” The Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights Loretta Ann Rosales heads the Board of Trustees of the Memorial Commission.

“We thank all those individuals, groups and government agencies who gave their inputs and comments into the IRR. We hope that we will receive continuing assistance from these groups to ensure that we reach out to all the victims of martial law abuses and give due recognition and reparations to them. “ Concluded Claims Board Chair Sarmiento.

The HRVVCB conducted 9 consultations from April 3-21, 2014 in the National Capital Region, La Union, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, WesternVisayas and in Mindanao. Victims and survivors were consulted as well as other stakeholders like human rights organizations and government agencies.

Pursuant to RA 10368, President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed the Chair and members of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Claims Board on February 13, 2014.

The source of funds for the reparation of HRVVs and implementation of the Act shall be the amount of ten billion pesos (P10,000,000,000.00) plus the accrued interest, which form part of the funds transferred to the government of the Republic of the Philippines by virtue of the December 10, 1997 Order of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, adjudged by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as final and executory in Republic vs. Sandiganbayan on July 15, 2003 (G.R. No. 152154) as Marcos ill-gotten wealth and forfeited in favor of the Republic of the Philippines.

The operating budget of the Board, as provided in the law, shall not exceed fifty million pesos (P50,000,000.00) a year comes from the ten billion peso (P10,000,000,000.00) fund while the the Memorial/Museum/Library/Compendium shall have an appropriation of at least five hundred million pesos (P500,000,000.00) from the accrued interest of the ten billion peso (P10,000,000,000.00) fund.

Lina Castillo Sarmiento
Chairperson
Human Rights Violations Victims Claims Board

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Brief on the HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS VICTIMS’ CLAIMS BOARD
Chair: Lina Castillo Sarmiento
Members:
Wilfred Asis
GaluaschBallaho
Byron D. Bocar
Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Glenda Litong
Jacqueline Veloria Mejia
Aurora Corazon AlvaredaParong
ErlindaNableSenturias
The Chair of the Board, Lina Castillo Sarmiento, is experienced in forensic investigations, police community relations and implemented reforms as head of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office. Jose Luis Martin Gascon was a Constitutional Convention delegate which framed the 1987 Philippine Constitution which integrates human rights and social justice, taking off from lessons during martial law.

Three have worked with the Commission on Human Rights – Jacqueline Veloria Mejia worked as Executive Director of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 27 years and takes with her extensive managerial experience. Byron Bocar, a lawyer who was forced to seek refuge in the Netherlands worked at the CHR and in Congress. Galuasch Ballaho, a Muslim lawyer from Mindanao worked with the newly established Regional Commission on Human Rights in the ARMM.

Aurora Corazon Alvareda Parong and Erlinda Nable Senturias are medical doctors who both worked with the Medical Action Group and have a track record of 3 decades of work on health and human rights. They visited jails and evacuation centers and rendered services to victims of torture, families of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and internal displacement during martial law. Senturias also worked with the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform while Parong worked as a leader of Amnesty International and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines.

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS VICTIMS’ CLAIMS BOARD (HRVVCB)
c/o Institute of Small Scale Industries (ISSI) Building,
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
email: hrvictimsclaimsboard@gmail.com
cellphone: 0999-5059737

 

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[In the news] Human rights law signing to mark EDSA anniv -RAPPLER.COM

Human rights law signing to mark EDSA anniv
By RAPPLER.COM
February 24, 2013

rappler_logoMANILA, Philippines – The signing of a law recognizing victims of human rights violations during the Marcos administration will be one of the highlights of the 27th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power revolution on Monday, February 25.

President Benigno Aquino III will sign into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, which will officially recognize “the atrocities committed by the Marcos administration against their own people,” Malacañang said Saturday, February 23.

Some P10 billion funds recovered from Marcos’ Swiss bank accounts will be appropriated for victims’ reparation. Eighty percent of the amount will be spent for existing claims and 20% for future.

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Human rights law signing to mark EDSA annivBy RAPPLER.COMFebruary 24, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – The signing of a law recognizing victims of human rights violations during the Marcos administration will be one of the highlights of the 27th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power revolution on Monday, February 25.
President Benigno Aquino III will sign into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, which will officially recognize “the atrocities committed by the Marcos administration against their own people,” Malacañang said Saturday, February 23.
Some P10 billion funds recovered from Marcos’ Swiss bank accounts will be appropriated for victims’ reparation. Eighty percent of the amount will be spent for existing claims and 20% for future.
http://www.rappler.com/nation/22476-human-rights-law-signing-to-mark-edsa-anniv

[In the news] Marcos sins, victims’ woes to be taught in schools -INQUIRER.net

Marcos sins, victims’ woes to be taught in schools
By Leila B. Salaverria
January 30, 2013

inquirerNever again.

So the nation will remember not to forget, a bill that recognizes for the first time that the Ferdinand 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.

The bill, ratified by the two chambers of Congress on Monday and awaits the signing into law by President Aquino, creates the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission and lays down guidelines for monetary reparations to the victims from a P10-billion fund out of the ill-gotten wealth recovered from Marcos.

The memorial commission is tasked with collaborating with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) “to ensure that the teaching of martial law atrocities, the lives and sacrifices of [victims of human rights violations] in our history are included in the basic, secondary, and tertiary education curricula.”

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[In the news] Solons to PNoy: Finish what your mother started, continue hunt for Marcos wealth -GMANews.com

Solons to PNoy: Finish what your mother started, continue hunt for Marcos wealth
Andreo Calonzo, GMA NEWS
January 2, 2013

gmanewsonline“Finish what your mother started.”

This was how two progressive party-list lawmakers challenged President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to continue the hunt for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ embezzled wealth after the head of the commission in-charge of the search said his agency will already quit the chase.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) should not back down on the pursuit for Marcos’ supposed ill-gotten wealth, despite financial and political challenges expressed by the agency’s current head, Andres Bautista.

“Ang leksyon na matutunan kung ihihinto ang paghanap ng Marcos wealth is that crime pays and if you steal big, you can get away with it,” Colmenares said in a text message.

On Tuesday, Bautista said the PCGG is set to wind down its near-30-year efforts to recover the $10 billion allegedly amassed by the Marcos family during the late dictator’s two decades in power, despite the fact that more than half of the amount is still missing.

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[From the web] One Filipino family’s “subversive” journey captured in new book -INQUIRER.net

One Filipino family’s “subversive” journey captured in new book.

May 17, 2012

Editor’s note: At the height of Martial Law in the 1970s, seven out of ten Quimpo siblings joined the underground “national-democratic” revolution, drawn by its idealistic goals. But their choice ended up destroying many of their familial and friendship ties. One of the Quimpos lost his life in the movement, one is missing and presumed dead. Five of the siblings were imprisoned. 40 years after the declaration of Martial Law, the surviving siblings have written a book, “Subversive Lives, A family memoir of the Marcos years,” about the turbulent political journey of their family, and by extension, the nation. In the excerpt that follows, the youngest sibling Susan F. Quimpo writes about the day she learned her brother was killed.

Lantern Parade

By Susan F. Quimpo

December 1981

I HAD TO GO  to school.  I clutched thick folders to my chest, wrapping both arms around them.  There was no need for my notes that day, but I felt I had to hold on to something, even if it was only folders stuffed with notes for a test I had taken days ago.

It was the last day of school before the three week Christmas break.  A few exams were scheduled, but these were the exception.  Even the faculty was lenient, for they too were excited about the biggest university event of the year, the evening’s Lantern Parade.

The college theater group I belonged to had a good shot at winning first prize.  Ramonlito, the group’s artist, had designed a six-foot lantern – its thick cardboard frame was to take the shape of a pyramid, or in keeping with the season, a Christmas tree.  But as always, the group was bent on making a statement, and the well-attended Lantern parade was the perfect venue.

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[Event] We jog, we run, we walk, we bike, we fly kites, we share stories, we #rememberML@40

#RememberML@40!

Join us this Saturday (April 21, 2012)
@ 7a.m. – 10a.m.
U.P. Diliman – Sunken Garden

PAHRA (Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates),
families of Martial Law victims and other
Human Rights Defenders will gather to Inform, Inspire and to Remember Martial Law 40 years after it was first declared on September 21, 1972 by the ousted
Dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

This activity is a continuation of our national campaign to Remember ML @ 40.
Every 21st of the month, from March 21 until September 21 of this year,
we shall strive to have our country’s younger generation remember the
dark years of the martial law period through a series of
jogging-running-walking-biking-kite flying, and sharing activities.

The overall aim of this campaign is to compel the Philippine Congress to urgently pass the Compensation Bill for Victims of Human Rights Violation almost three decades after the Marcos Dictatorship was forcefully terminated through a successful People’s Power Uprising on February 25, 1986.

For more information and/or details, please contact:
Mr. RASTI DELIZO (PAHRA-Campaigns Staff Volunteer)
@celfone #: 099908092461/office #: 436-26-33

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[In the news] Aquino yet to decide on Marcos burial | Sun.Star

Aquino yet to decide on Marcos burial | Sun.Star.

MANILA –- The decision of President Benigno Aquino III on the burial of his father’s political rival – late strongman Ferdinand Marcos – remained indefinite.

“At the moment I think it’s still under consideration, it is still being studied,” Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. told reporters Sunday after the traditional vin d’ honneur in Malacañang alongside the 113th Independence Day celebration.

Ochoa refused to give further details regarding the President’s point of view on the matter avoiding making statements that might differ with Aquino.

“It is hard to comment with certainty because it is still subject to discussion. I’m sorry I cannot give you a definite answer yet,” he said.

He added no deadline will be set and only the President could make the proper announcement about it.

Aquino is expected to announce his decision on the burial last week but no announcement was made.

The President’s spokesperson said he has still have to go over the recommendation of Vice President Jejormar Binay.

Binay, whom Aquino designated to decide on the burial, has recommended full military honors for Marcos.

His remains however is recommended to be buried in his hometown in Ilocos Norte and not at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which several lawmakers including the late strongman’s only son and namesake Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos have been pushing.

Binay said his decision was based from consultation with various sectors in the society.

The Marcos family earlier said they are supporting the recommendation of Binay as they want to issue to be finally resolved.

Proposal for the former president’s burial at the heroes cemetery was revived after the late Defense Secretary and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes was buried there after committing suicide in February amid corruption allegations.

Aquino inhibited himself from deciding on Marcos’s burial to avoid bias since his father Ninoy Aquino was a known political rival of the late dictator.

Marcos’s remains still lies in a refrigerated coffin in the family’s ancestral home in Batac City. It has kept there since 1993. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

[In the news] Ochoa take on Marcos burial sought – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Ochoa take on Marcos burial sought – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

By Jaymee T. Gamil
Philippine Daily Inquirer

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MANILA, Philippines—A Manila trial court has ordered Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to respond to a petition seeking a ruling on the constitutionality of burying the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

On April 18, lawyer Samson Alcantara filed a petition in Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 1 asking Judge Tita Bughao Alisuag to resolve various constitutional issues posed by the burial controversy.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the late dictator’s son, is seeking the transfer of his father’s remains to the Libingan.

President Benigno Aquino III, whose late father was assassinated by military men during the Marcos years, has referred the matter to Vice President Jejomar Binay for study.

Named as a respondent in the petition was Ochoa as “the alter ego” of the President.

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