Friday, July 11, 2014

Bicolano martial law victims to file compensation suits on Monday
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, July 11 (PNA) -- Bicolanos who were victims of human rights violations during the martial law regime will begin filing their compensation suits starting Monday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in this city.

Three busloads of claimants from Camarines Norte, 500 victims from Sorsogon and from Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Albay, or a total of 3,000 victims, will file suits on Monday until Wednesday, Vince Casilihan, Karapatan-Bicol spokesperson, said.

"We are encouraging all Martial law victims to file their compensation suits; we are willing to assist the victims in filing the suits, Casilihan added.

The compensation is provided in the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 or RA 10368, which was signed President Benigno S. Aquino III last year during the anniversary of the EDSA Revolution.

A total of P10 billion from the alleged ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses will be used to pay the victims.

The requirements needed in filing are: duly accomplished application form; detailed notarized statement about the human rights violation; government-issued identification card (ID); National Statistics Office/locally issued birth certificate or baptismal certificate of claimant; and supporting documents to prove human rights violation.

All victims must personally file their claims.

When the victim of the violation was killed or died, his or her legal heirs or any authorized representative can claim upon presentation of additional requirements: birth certificate/ marriage certificate; death certificate of the victim; picture/s of human rights victim; special power of attorney from other legal heirs authorizing the claimant to represent them.

For physically incapacitated victims, claimants must bring notarized authorization, proof of filiation, picture/s of human rights victim and medical certificate of the victim.

For mentally/psychologically disabled, proof of filiation and picture/s of human rights victim/medical certificate of the victim.

The filing period actually started on May 12 and will be up to Nov. 10 and failure to file within the period is deemed a waiver.(PNA) CTB/FGS/CBD