It takes a long time to process each claim for Martial Law compensation because the board makes sure that applicants are legitimate victims of Martial Law atrocities. This is contrary to the accusations that Bongbong Marcos, Imee Marcos, and Imelda Marcos tries to stop those payments. The government allocates part of the sequestered wealth from the Marcos family as funds for the said compensation.
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Not all are Legible Claimants
Not all those who filed receive compensation.Legitimate claimants also are paid differently. The monetary reparation for each one depends on the number of approved applications and the degree of suffering for each victim. Those who are killed and disappeared get more money than those who are tortured.
Estimated Number of Claimants
The government initially estimated that there are only 20,000 claimants, but the board actually received 75,730 applications from alleged human rights victims during the Marcos regime. Senate Bill No. 3153, sponsored by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is recently approved. It extends the timetable until 2018. SELDA’s 75,000 estimate in total is far from the 30,000 cases processed by HRVCB. Only 4,000 have approved applications. SELDA stands for Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto. HRVCB is Human Rights Victims Claims Board.
Source of Funds
The principal source of funds for the implementation of RA 10368 is the Php 10 billion, B plus accrued interest which forms part of the funds transferred to the government of the country from Switzerland by an Order of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 1997.
SELDA’s Indifference with Bongbong Marcos
SELDA officials are concerned over the president’s giving a possible government position for former Bongbong Marcos. They are not happy with his friendship with the latter. Digong’s sincerity for the Martial Law victims is questioned by them because it seems like Marcos has shares in governance at this point. What would you think SELDA will do if Bongbong Marcos becomes the President of the Philippines?