Martial law victims in Negros Occidental urged to file claims

The Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) is urging martial law victims in Negros Occidental to file their claims in the two-day caravan at the Bacolod People’s House on July 3 and 4.

HRVCB Chairperson Lina Sarmiento was in Bacolod Wednesday with Board Member Jose Luis Gascon to lead the campaign.

Sarmiento said they are expecting 20,000 to 30,000 claims nationwide from people who believe their rights were violated during the Marcos rule covering the period September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986.

In Bacolod, the HRVCB will set up counters at the People’s House, MKK Annex Building.

The Board will accept applications from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The HRVCB was created by Republic Act 10368 to recognize and provide reparations to the victims of gross human rights committed by the Marcos regime, according to its website.

The Claims Board will also recognize the heroism and sacrifices of those whose rights were violated by enshrining their names in the Roll of Human Rights Violations Victims, as a matter of the state’s moral and legal obligation, it further said.

An eight- to 10-year imprisonment faces those who will file fraudulent claims as well as those who are with the Claims Board who misuse funds and commit fraud in processing claims.

Sarmiento said the HRCVB has only until November 10, 2014 to accept applicants and they will conduct a validation process until May 12, 2016.

R. A. 10368 allotted P10 billion as reparation to the victims during Martial Law, she said.

Under the law, claims will be based on a point system depending on the severity of the violation — 10 points for those who were killed; 6 to 9 points for those tortured; 3 to 5 points for those detained; and 1 to 2 points for other human rights violations.PNA