Senate passes extension for HR claims on final reading
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Tuesday, November 18, approved on third and final reading the joint resolution seeking a 6-month extension on the deadline on martial law victims to file claims for reparation from the government.
A total of 46,985 claims for reparation and recognition were filed before the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board (HRVCB) when the application process ended on November 10, 2014, the deadline under Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.
Once Senate Joint Resolution 10 and House Joint Resolution 16 are enacted into law, martial law victims can file their claims until May 11, 2015.
The House had earlier approved House Joint Resolution 16 on third and final reading.
The HRVCB is tasked to distribute the P10 billion ($222.52 million*)-fund plus accrued interest that was transferred to the government from a Swiss account holding the ill-gotten wealth of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.
Republic Act 10368 represents the state's formal acknowledgement of human rights violations committed during the martial law period. Under the law, individuals or their relatives who disappeared or were killed, tortured, illegally detained, and deprived of livelihood and properties by agents of the state during martial law are entitled to compensation. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P44.95