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Who Should Say Sorry and Pay the Alleged Human Rights Compensations?


By: Elena Grace Flores

By: Elena Grace Flores

Youtube video by; One News PH

[VIDEO]: Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile admits Marcos dictatorship committed human rights violations and apologizes to all victims.

Compensations are Intact

The Marcoses’ already paid martial law compensations, guilty or not. PCGG already has the funds from the sequestered wealth of the Marcoses. Not the alleged hidden wealth. But from the personal properties of the Marcos family. Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile said sorry if he has hurt anyone during martial law. But as the head of the constabulary, former president Fidel Ramos should do the same too.

Discrepancies on the Number of Claimants

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) gets at least P170 billion (nearly $3.6 billion) in cash from the Swiss Bank deposits. Other luxury assets such as paintings and pieces of jewelry are the ones under the petition of Imelda Marcos to be returned. She said that the agency looted them. Those are not blocking any compensations. That should be under the control of the government. Not with the Marcoses anymore. However, Enrile cannot reconcile the number of claimants. He explained during his talks with Bongbong Marcos that there were no human rights victims. But some insurgents may be hurt because the Marcos administration was fighting against the communists that spread terror in the country.

A Possible Turn Around of Events

PCGG still holds the wealth that should hold interests if compensations are not completed. What if the ruling overturns and finds the Marcoses innocent of Martial Law crimes and holds Ramos responsible instead? Will PCGG return Marcos’ wealth? This is very likely because most claimants are said to be lawbreakers. They only changed the nature of their stories when the late President Benigno Simeon Aquino III offered the payment in exchange for their alleged ordeals. This can explain why Enrile was lost in numbers.

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