Akbayan Rep. Gutierrez lauds Senate approval of Martial Law claims application extension, seeks public support in reaching claimants in far-flung areas.
“We laud the Senate for passing on third and final reading the Resolution extending by six months the period of filing of application for claims of victims of human rights violations during Martial Law on Tuesday evening, November 18, bringing the measure one step closer to becoming a law.
This is a much-awaited and the right step in the right direction in ensuring that all victims of human rights violations are finally granted the reparation and recognition they deserve for the sacrifices they endured in defense of individual rights and liberties and the nation’s democracy.
The approval of the measure by the Senate is a crucial step and a crucial victory in paving way for the proposed resolution to eventually gain the full force of law.
We hope the measure will be signed into law by the President, swiftly and immediately, in time for the Christmas holiday, which I believe is a fitting tribute for the victims, especially those who are now in their final years.
To ensure and secure the gains of the measure, we also urge the various grassroots-based civil society organizations located across the country, particularly those in far-flung areas with eligible claimants, to support the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) in reaching out to these victims, many of whom have no access to public information on Martial Law claims and the Claims board.
We are hopeful that this measure will usher in the necessary redress and healing for the victims and their families and provide the opportunity for national renewal.
Serving the same intent as House Joint Resolution No. 16, the approved Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 effectively moves the deadline for victims to file for claims under Republic Act No. 10368 from November 10, 2014 to May 11, 2015.
The Resolution, which was earlier approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading, now awaits the signature of the President.###
RA 10368, otherwise known as the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 was signed into law by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III on February 13, 2013 granting all victims of human rights violations committed by the Marcos regime to receive monetary and non-monetary reparations.