Palace: Martial Law victims to receive compensation before 2016

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2014 06:41 PM | Updated as of May 12 2014 03:06 AM

MANILA -- Malacanang is confident that human rights abuse victims during the Martial Law will receive their compensation from the government before the term of President Benigno Aquino III ends.

The Human Rights Violations Victims Claims Board expects more than 20,000 Martial Law victims to file compensation claims starting May 12 until November 10.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government is confident that Human Rights Violations Victims Claims Board chairperson Lina Sarmiento to process and give out the compensation and recognition to victims of the Martial law until May 12, 2016.

Valte also asked the public to give Sarmiento a chance to fulfill her duties.

"Kung natatandaan niyo po, meron mga nagpahiwatig ng kanilang mga agam-agam sa pagkakatalaga po ni Ginang Sarmiento diyan sa posisyon na 'yan. Ngunit katulad nga po ng sinabi ng Pangulo, bigyan po natin siya ng pagkakataon dahil napatunayan din po naman niya 'yung kanyang competence sa kanyang mga hinawakan na bagay po dati, at umaasa po tayong mako-complete nila 'yung proseso doon sa loob ng dalawang taon," she said.

Under the Republic Act 10368, or the Martial Law Victims' Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, victims of human rights abuses during the Martial Law will receive part of the P10-billion reparation fund.