VICTIMS of the violent crimes committed by the Islamic State-backed Maute terror group in Marawi City could receive compensation from the government, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.
In a statement, the DOJ said that its Board of Claims will begin processing the application of victims of the Marawi siege on Thursday, June 15, at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City.
According to Section 3 (d) of Republic Act 7309, or an Act Creating a Board of Claims under the DOJ, victims of violent crimes may file for compensation before the board.
"Violent crimes shall include rape and shall likewise refer to offenses committed with malice which resulted in death and or serious physical or psychological injuries, permanent capacity or disability, insanity abortion, serious trauma, or committed with torture, cruelty, and barbarity," the DOJ said.
The board may approve an award maximum of P10,000 to the eligible claimants.
The ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City has resulted in the death of 26 civilians, and 58 soldiers.
The violent clashes between the government troops and the indigenous Maute group had prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire Mindanao under martial law on May 23. (SunStar Philippines)