The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) released the names of 4,000 approved claims for human rights violations during the martial law period. The names are contained in the preliminary list of eligible claimants posted by the Board in its website, www.hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph, and its Facebook account. The list consists of conclusively presumed victims and new applicants.
The decision of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) to release initial payments to 4,000 eligible claimants by the second quarter of 2017 was presented to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as a response to the need to facilitate the reparation process in a meeting held last 19 January 2017, Thursday.
“We presented the plan and the President expressed support. However, we are still bound to comply with all the processes required by law,” HRVCB Chairperson Lina C. Sarmiento explained.
QUEZON CITY -- On 19 April 2016, President Benigno Aquino III approved Republic Act No. 10766, which modifies the sunset clause of R.A. No. 10368, otherwise known as the “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.”
Said amendatory law gives the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (The Board) sufficient time up to 12 May 2018 to resolve all claims for reparation and/or recognition, and bring justice to Martial Law human rights violations victims (HRVVs). The number of received claims actually ballooned from 20,000 to 75,730.