The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) released this Saturday, March 11 its partial list of names of 4,000 Martial Law victims who have been approved as eligible for damage compensation from the Philippine government. The said board said it has adjudicated about 31,000 claims out of the 75,730 people who applied for monetary claims.
“Pursuant to HRVCB Resolution No. 01-2017, the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board approved the release of partial monetary reparation to the first set of eligible claimants consisting of conclusively presumed victims and new applicants.” The HRVCB said in a statement. The complete list is posted at their official website and official Facebook page.
“The processing of monetary reparation of the first 4,000 eligible claims is being done simultaneously with the evaluation and deliberation of the remaining claims. We would like to assure all claimants that each claim is being evaluated based on the evidence submitted to the Board.” HRVCB Chairperson Lina C. Sarmiento explained.
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According to the HRVCB, any opposition against a new applicant shall be made within 15 days from the date of the release of the last publication of the notice, and 10 days against a conclusively presumed claimant. Therefore, the actual distribution of the monetary award shall only be made after the possible appeals have been resolved by the Board en banc.
This move was made in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 10368, also known as the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, which was signed by then-President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III. The law ordered the Philippine government to distribute P10 billion to those who can prove that they have been victims of Martial Law.
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Last January 19, President Rodrigo Duterte presided a meeting with Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) and Human Rights Victims Claims Board at Malacañang Palace, in line with the distribution of compensation to the Martial Law victims. The president was reportedly very eager to have the process faster.