Stakeholders: Marcos claimants need guidance

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Monday, August 11, 2014


HUMAN rights violation victims during the Marcos regime need more guidance and clarification regarding the process they have to go through and the requirements they have to submit to avail of the claims due them, stakeholders in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental said.

Fr. Ernie Larida, director of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod; Fr. Brian Gore of the Negros Nine Foundation; a victim of human rights violation; and Councilor Archie Baribar, vice chairman of the City Council committee on human rights will hold a press conference on Monday to clarify issues and concerns.

The requirements include sworn statement narrating circumstances of human rights violations; sworn statements of two co-detainees or two persons who have personal knowledge of the circumstances; arrest warrants; seizure orders; certification by custodial government agencies on facts of detention; police blotter; National Bureau of Investigation files; release papers; court records; original or duly certified lawyers records; photographs with affidavit of proper authentication; proof of identity of human rights violation victim; legal heir/s or authorized representatives; birth certificate; marriage certificate; death certificate; and government issued identification cards.

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The Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) was created by President Benigno Aquino III to implement Republic Act 10368 or “An Act Providing for the Reparation and Recognition of Victims of Human Rights During the Marcos Regime."

The HRVCB has set the filing of application for recognition and reparation between May 12 and November 14 this year.

The board has conducted a mobile caravan in major cities nationwide, including Bacolod last July 3 and 4.

Human rights violation victims of the Marcos regime from Sept. 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 in Negros Occidental, numbering more than 300 hundred, submitted necessary documents for processing during last month’s caravan.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 11, 2014.

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