'Marcos burial won't affect reparation claims of martial law victims'


Posted at Nov 21 2016 03:46 PM

The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) said on Monday that the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery does not affect the processing of claims of martial law victims.

“It (burial) doesn’t change [the] status of the claims. We are still committed to implementing the law as it stands,” Atty. Bryan Bocar, member of the claims board said in a phone interview on “Mornings @ANC.”

The HRVCB was formed through Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 to recognize and provide reparation to victims of human rights violations during martial law.

Under the law, P10 billion has been dedicated for the monetary remuneration of martial law victims.

Bocar added that out of the 75,730 who applied for human rights violation claims, the commission has finished processing and evaluating 17,567 as of November 11.

They hope to finish 13,000 more claims by the end of the year, he said.