(From left) Human rights victims Felix Dalisay, Henry Cerdenia, Reynaldo Salao and Ruben Viluz show the application form to be used by claimants during a press conference on May 8 at UP Diliman. (Photo by JANE DASAL)
By Jane Dasal, VERA Files
The more than 10,000 Marcos-era human rights violations victims (HRVV) and their families may begin applying with the national government for compensation for their sufferings during martial law.
But those in the provinces will find it hard to do so because the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) created by law to process has not set up satellite offices to accept applications.
Under the implementing rules and regulations of the Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, victims can apply for compensation from May 12 to Nov.10. Claims filed beyond this period will be rejected.
However, the filing of applications as of now is limited to the board’s national office at the Institute of Small Scale Industries at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in Quezon City.
Aside from the lack of satellite officesin the provinces, the HRVCB has yet to come up with a scheduleon the deployment of mobile teams.
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