CHR lauds formation of 'Claims Board' for martial law victims

February 18, 2014 10:18 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 18 — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Tuesday lauded the formation of "Claims Board" that will process the claims for reparation and recognition of victims of human rights abuses during martial law.

CHR Chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales said she is giving her full support to the long-awaited Board.

The Claims Board is tasked to review human rights violations cases during the strongman rule of the late former president Ferdinand Marcos.

President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the "Reparation and Recognition of Human Rights Violations Victims Act of 2013," mandating the formation of a Memorial Commission and a Claims Board.

The Board is tasked to decide on the compensation for martial law victims, survivors and their relatives.

CHR-Martial Law Files Project Manager Myrna Jimenez also expressed support to the Claims Board saying that the martial law victims, claimants and civil society organizations have long been waiting for its compensation.

Lina Castillo Sarmiento, the first two-star woman general in the Philippine National Police (PNP), was appointed to head the Claims Board.

Other members of the Claims Board are: Wilfred Asis, Galuasch Ballaho, Byron Bocar, Jose Luis Martin Gascon, Glenda Litong, Jacqueline Veloria-Mejia, Aurora Corazon Parong, and Chito Gascon. (PNA)



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