First batch of Martial law victims get partial compensation

THE first batch of human rights victims during the Martial law period has received their partial compensation, MalacaƱang announced Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board (HRVCB) released Monday, May 8, the initial payments to approved claims for violations of their human rights during the Marcos regime.

"Today, May 8, the first batch of human rights victims under the administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos, will receive compensation," Abella said in a statement.

"Reparation payments will be done through Land Bank cards and will come in monthly tranches. The first batch will be from Metro Manila and the HRVCB will have a schedule for the provinces," he added.

The HRVCB, an independent quasi-judicial body created through Republic Act 10368, is directed to recognize and provide reparation to victims of martial law.

The law mandates the release of P10-billion monetary remuneration of human rights victims under the Marcos dictatorship.

The HRVCB earlier announced that partial money reparation would be distributed to first 4,000 approved claimants.

To date, the HRVCB has adjudicated around 31,000 claims from a total of 75,730 applications from victims of martial law abuses. It has until May 12, 2018 to accomplish its mandate.

President Rodrigo Duterte met the board in January and directed them to expedite the release of the claims.

Abella said the President is committed to helping the Filipino people, especially those whose rights have been violated.

"President Duterte supports the welfare of all, not the least of which are the victims of human rights violations during the martial law years," Abella said. (SunStar Philippines)

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