Danilo de la Fuente shows a document that recognizes human rights violations against him during Martial Law – hit in the chest and stomach in February 1982. This happens while in the custody of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Du30’s government refer to them as collateral damage and not Marcos’ victims as what some media feature. Bongbong Marcos said that the martial law payout is now the government’s jurisdiction.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos attests that the funds for the alleged martial law victims have long been sequestered by PCGG – they are only contesting those that are illegally taken from them.
4,000 Approved Claimants
De la Fuente is only one of the 4,000 approved claimants who compose the first batch of victims who receive the compensation today for the partial payout. They might suffer under the martial law authorities but there are many more direct personalities that should be blamed like Fidel Ramos who heads the military at that time – than the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos.
The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) decision comes a year before its mandate lapses on May 12, 2018. For De la Fuente, who joins the successful class suit against Marcos in Hawaii said that it’s not the P100,000 that makes the long wait worth it but the recognition.
The president cannot directly blame the late Marcos for the martial law victims because he is also in the same situation at the present time. He is blamed for extra-judicial killings that are already rampant in marginalized areas since time immemorial – but got publicized only during his drug war.
Bongbong Marcos’ Say
Bongbong Marcos, on the other hand, insists that the funds for the payout are already sequestered by the PCGG from their family many years ago – but the release of the money is dependent only on the government that decides on it. They only block the liquidation of illegally confiscated family properties like the paintings, mansion, and the personal jewelry collection of his mother, Imelda Marcos.
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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[VIDEO]: Partial compensation for martial law victims to be distributed—Palace
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 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?