HRVCB ready to accept applicants

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Friday, May 9, 2014

THE Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) will start accepting claims for reparations and recognition from victims of human rights abuses during martial law on May 12, an official said Thursday.

In a statement, HRVCB chairperson Lina Sarmiento said the claims board have already set up their staffs and system and have already established procedures in receiving and evaluating the documents about the stories of sacrifices and heroism from those who suffered human rights violation during the administration of the former President Ferdinand Marcos.

"The members of the Claims Board know by heart the intent and purposes to tilt the scales of justice in favor of the victims by recognizing the victims and providing reparations," she said.


Sarmiento said the martial law victims should personally file their claim with the HRVCB while for those who were killed, died or incapacitated can send their "legal heir or authorized representative" to file for them.

Those who are conclusively presumed as human rights violations victims by the law can also submit their applications within six months, from May 12 - November 10, 2014 or else it will not be accepted at all.

"Aside from the Board and staff who are ready to serve the victims of human rights abuses, we have a database system ready to ensure that the documents will be systemically filed, cases raffled to the different divisions of the Claims Board for adjudication and help us in rejecting spurious, fraudulent and fictitious claims," Sarmiento said.

On February 2013, President Benigno Aquino III signed the "Human Rights
Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013," organizing a group that will asses and investigate on who to get compensation from the government due to torture, force, violence, threat, intimidation or any other means, which vitiate the freewill during the Marcos regime.

The government has allotted P10-billion for the victims.

"The Claims Board is tasked to determine monetary reparations for the victims within two years. We are expecting to receive more than 10,000 claims," Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento added that any claimant found to have filed a fraudulent claim after due hearing will be penalized and shall be referred to the appropriate office for prosecution.

A penalty of eight to 10 years imprisonment including disqualification from public office and employment and other punishment will be imposed upon a person convicted for fraudulent claim. (Sunnex)

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