Marcoses' accountability sought over Martial Law abuses

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2017 12:21 AM

Two advocacy groups on Wednesday pushed for the Marcos family to be held accountable for their alleged crimes during the Martial Law period, as human rights victims received the first tranche of compensation Monday.

In a joint statement, the Freedom from Debt Coalition and the Nameless Heroes and Martyrs Project group said the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos should be held criminally liable for their acts during the regime.

“More important than the recognition and compensation is the just demand for the culprits of crimes to be made accountable for their actions, not scot-free and continuing to intervene in political processes to this day,” the statement read.

The groups urged Congress to draft a bill that will give compensation for all human rights violations, then and now.

They also emphasized the issue of economic plunder and called on the Presidential Commission on Good Government to redouble its efforts to recover ill-gotten wealth from the Marcoses.

“The legacy of the Marcos thievery endures to this day. Directly or indirectly, we are still paying for debts accrued in the Marcos years, a large part of which went to projects that lined the pockets of the dictator and cronies,” they said.

“The plunder of the martial law period must be overturned. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations. Never again to dictatorship. Never again to economic plunder.”

On Monday, 4,000 victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime received compensation on Monday, following the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board (HRVCB) announcement.

The 4,000 claimants are only the first batch out of the 75,730 claims being processed by the HRVCB.