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Martial Law victims, kin: Still no justice, full compensation after decades

Jul 09, 2019 - 6:37 PM

'Hanggang ngayon wala pa kaming katarungan,' says Helena Jimenez, whose husband disappeared following his arrest on August 17, 1985

CHR, former HRVCB members warn martial law victims against scams

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board say that they are no longer accepting new applications amid reports that a group is soliciting money to process reparation claims from victims of Martial Law

House OKs longer validity of Martial Law victims' compensation

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Legislators vote 213-0-0 to approve the joint resolution that would extend the validity of the Martial Law victims' compensation until December 31, 2019

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

11,103 victims of human rights violations under Martial Law to get compensation

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The release of the final list comes days before the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board ends its operations on May 12, 2018 as mandated by law

Martial Law victims may get full compensation by May 12

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The law gives the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board only until that date to settle all claims

DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS. The names of personalities who fought the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law have been engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

CA junks Martial Law victims' plea for $2B granted in Hawaii

Jul 16, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Philippines Court of Appeals says the Hawaii court had no jurisdiction over the case filed by victims of human rights abuses

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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May 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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WATCH: How much compensation are Martial Law victims entitled to?

May 11, 2017 - 11:35 PM

Each victim may receive a sum of P25 000 to as much as P250 000

Finally, Martial Law victims receive 1st tranche of money

May 08, 2017 - 6:03 PM

The first batch covers those living in Metro Manila Victims living in the provinces should be able to receive theirs next week

CHR Chairperson Lina Sarmiento (standing) supervises the distribution of cash card to human rigths victims during Martial Law for Metro Manila residents at the Virata Hall iin UP Diliman on May 8, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P300M to be released for martial law victims

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The names of 4 000 martial law victims to receive 50 of compensation have been submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary says the Palace

MEETING WITH VICTIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting with the Human Rights Victims Claims Board and Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto in Malacañang on January 19, 2017. Malacañang photo

LIST: 4,000 Martial Law victims entitled to compensation

Mar 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

The Human Rights Victims Claims Board releases its initial list of Martial Law victims who can claim partial monetary reparations from the government

REMEMBERING. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

4,000 Martial Law victims to get partial compensation in 2017

Jan 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and key Cabinet officials meet with Martial Law victims on ways to speed up the compensation of human rights victims of the Marcos regime

MEETING THE VICTIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting with Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) and Human Rights Victims Claims Board at Malacañang Palace on January 19, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

NHCP to Duterte: Lead way to true healing, reconsider Marcos burial

Nov 11, 2016 - 5:39 PM

If healing is the aim then the wounds of the past are best dealt with by coming to terms with them fairly and squarely not by denying them deflating their effect or ignoring them altogether says NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno

LAST RESORT. Only President Rodrigo Duterte can stop the state interment of the former president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Briones: CHR reviewing human rights education in K to 12

Nov 04, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones also urges education stakeholders to raise learners to be citizens of both the Philippines and the global society

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Ilocanos march to Manila to rally for Marcos state burial

Oct 14, 2016 - 3:42 PM

UPDATED Marcos loyalists will arrive at the Supreme Court in Manila ahead of the expiration on October 18 of the status quo ante order issued by the High Court

MARCOS PA RIN. Supporters of the Marcos family gathered for a vigil in front of the Supreme Court during the oral arguments on former President Marcos' state burial. Photo from Marcos Presidential Center

Bongbong Marcos' 14M votes show end of Martial Law trauma – SolGen

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The pain that they Martial Law victims feel do not reflect the national psyche today? Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

BONGBONG MARCOS SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Senator Bongbong Marcos gather at a rally in Mandaluyong ahead of the vice presidential race which he lost by a narrow margin. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

What the gov’t still owes Martial Law victims

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Republic Act 10368 recognizes the sacrifices made by the victims of Martial Law through reparations and the creation of a museum

DESAPARECIDOS. Toym Imao’s 'Desaparecidos: Memorializing Absence' highlights the loss felt by the loved ones of victims of enforced dissaperances. Photo by Rome Jorge/Rappler

SC orals on Marcos burial: Issues and answers

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

On Wednesday morning August 31 the Supreme Court hears arguments on the petitions filed by Martial Law victims to stop the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS BURIAL. The Supreme Court will hold its oral arguments on Wednesday, August 24, to resolve whether the late President Ferdinand Marcos deserves a slot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Martial law victims in Duterte Cabinet urged to speak up

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says these Cabinet members should urge President Rodrigo Duterte not to push through with Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

'Buti pa si Marcos may bangkay,' says sister of missing martial law victim

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Marcos [burial] will not bring healing It will even cause more pain for us adds Susan Quimpo whose brother was killed during martial law

NEVER AGAIN. A coalition of groups opposing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani said his burial will insult the sacrifices made by the victims of the Martial Law. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Martial law is not just about Aquino and Marcos

May 12, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Perhaps if we gave more attention to the stories of the thousands of other victims it would be so much harder for the Filipino people to forget

WATCH: Young Filipinos shocked by martial law victims' stories

May 04, 2016 - 9:55 AM

They thought the martial law era was a time of prosperity and discipline but were shocked to hear of atrocities committed by the regime

HR victims stake claim on part of Marcos art collection

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:38 PM

This is to cover the 1 966 billion awarded to them by a US jury in 1992 and the 353 million compensatory judgment by the US District Court of Hawaii in 2011

Martial law survivor on Marcoses: 'Abuse is in the blood'

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Don t forget the dark days Romulus Dingcong tells young Filipinos as he and fellow surviving martial law victims campaign against vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos

NEVER AGAIN. Romulus 'Og' Dingcong, 63, tells Cebuanos how he was detained and tortured during martial law. Photo courtesy of Doris Mongaya

Back to the future: Resetting priorities for peace

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The consideration of the BBL has been postponed till after the national elections in May 2016 This enforced hiatus may be an opportunity to address the issues linked to transitional justice and the peace process

Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board: Submit compliance documents ASAP

Dec 10, 2014 - 3:12 PM

The following is a press release from the Human Rights Victims Claims Board HRVCB

Claimant thinking of the pain and anxiety they experienced during Martial Law.

Senate passes extension for HR claims on final reading

Nov 18, 2014 - 4:30 PM

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

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

Nearly 50,000 martial law victims file claims

Nov 12, 2014 - 2:20 PM

The next step is to weed out the false claims says Lina Sarmiento chairperson of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board HRVCB

House passes on 2nd reading extension for HR claims

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:22 PM

The House is expected to pass the measure on 3rd and final reading before Congress goes on recess on October 29

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

2-year extension of HR victims' claims pushed in Senate

Sep 25, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Senator Teofisto Guingona III says an extension of the deadline would allow claimants to get what has been guaranteed to them by law

LINING UP. Human rights compensation applicant Leticia Abaquita (R), 82 year old, with claimants from Mariveles, Bataan. Photo by Rick Rocamora

Gov't urged to extend deadline for Martial Law claims

Sep 21, 2014 - 1:29 PM

The claims board has so far accepted 17 659 applications

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

IN PHOTOS: Martial Law victims' hopes for redress, remembrance

Sep 21, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Claimants for compensation under the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Law are hoping that their claims are honored – and that the atrocities under Martial Law will never be forgotten

LINING UP. Human rights compensation applicant Leticia Abaquita (R), 82 year old, with claimants from Mariveles, Bataan. Photo by Rick Rocamora

Human rights chair gets own Martial Law compensation

Mar 19, 2014 - 5:59 PM

CHR Chair Loretta Ann Rosales receives a check worth P50 000 as a member of a private class suit vs Marcos in Hawaii over HR violations

Human rights and making amends

Mar 11, 2014 - 10:30 AM

If we do not struggle with all that we have and do all that we can to vindicate our rights we not only condemn our rights to death we also condemn our hopes and our dreams our present and our children’s future

Martial law victims ask SC to void Sarmiento appointment

Feb 25, 2014 - 5:51 PM

The petitioners – Martial Law victims – say retired police general Lina Sarmiento refused to investigate cases of human rights violations during her time in the PNP

Aquino defends chief of HR claims board

Feb 25, 2014 - 2:12 PM

She has the skill she has the physical energy she has the drive she has the right direction to be able to accomplish the job in two years or less

Palace to Joker: Aquino ‘deeply aware’ of rights concerns

Feb 23, 2014 - 6:49 PM

Coloma says Aquino s personal experience under Martial Law was factored into his controversial appointment of a former police general as head of a claims board for human rights victims

Lauro Montellano Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau

DOJ: Lady general fit to head Martial Law victims' claims board

Feb 21, 2014 - 9:14 AM

Sarmiento was never involved in or complicit to any human rights violations says Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

Palace: Sarmiento stays as chair of HR claims board

Feb 17, 2014 - 6:55 PM

A check made by Rappler shows the 8 other claims board appointees have background on human rights work

Settling accounts: A personal account

Feb 17, 2014 - 9:26 AM

What really matters is not admissions of past guilt or injustice but fundamentally the rightness of any transfer in charity from those who have to those who have less

PNP's first female 2-star general heads HR claims board

Feb 13, 2014 - 5:52 PM

One year after the compensation law for human rights abuse victims was passed the President appoints Lina Castillo Sarmiento and 8 others to the claims board

Martial Law victims in N. Mindanao receive compensation

Feb 07, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Around 170 victims of human rights abuses from Lanao del Norte Bukidnon Misamis Oriental Camiguin and Misamis Occidental received P50 000 each

PCGG welcomes Singapore court decision on Marcos' Swiss funds

Jan 04, 2014 - 11:34 PM

3 other claimants to the Swiss fund do not convince Singapore s top court that they are legally or beneficially entitled to the funds

PNB WINS. The Philippine National Bank gets the legal title to former President Ferdinand Marcos' ill-gotten wealth. File photo by AFP.

Human rights law signing to mark EDSA anniv

Feb 24, 2013 - 12:06 PM

The signing of a law recognizing victims of human rights violations during the Marcos administration will be one of the highlights of the 27th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power revolt