THE former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair has questioned the monthly pension given to the heir of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as a widow of a war veteran and a medal of valor awardee.
During Solicitor General Jose Calida's presentation in the oral arguments on the six consolidated petitions that questioned the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to accord Marcos a hero's burial, he revealed that Imelda Marcos is receiving a monthly pension from the government.
"The government is giving Imelda a monthly pension of P5,000 for being a widow of a war veteran. She also receives P25,000 for being a spouse of a medal of honor awardee," Calida said.
After the oral arguments, former CHR chair Loretta Rosales, a petitioner in the case and a victim of human rights violations during the Marcos regime, criticized the government for giving away government's money to Marcos' heirs.
"Pinakita lang kung gaano kahina yung gobyerno noon sapagkat ni hindi kinikilala na si Marcos ay perpetrator ng human rights violations samantalang yung byuda niya ay siya pang binibigyan bilang asawa ng isang beterano," Rosales said.
"Napakalungkot para sa atin na itong si Marcos na nagnakaw nang nagnakaw na nga, plunderer na nga e tumatanggap pa rin ng pera mula sa gobyerno natin," she added.
According to Rosales, the government must take back all the pension given to Imelda since 1994.
"Siguro dapat bawiin kung anong naibigay sa kaniya. Past government na yan at ito yung panahon para ituwid natin itong mga pagkakamali ng past governments natin," she said.
The petitioner said she remains hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of their petition and hold responsible the perpetrators of human rights violations during the martial law, including Imelda.
"Sana mailabas na yung katotohanan na si Imelda bilang isang byuda ay naging bahagi ng pagnanakaw na ginawa ni Marcos at yung mismong karahasang ginawa niya sa mga mamamayan. Hindi dapat yung pag bibigay sa kaniya ng pera. Maling mali," Rosales said. (Sunnex)