Congress having trouble agreeing on who should be considered victims of Martial Law

Panels from the Senate and the House of Representatives have yet to thresh out who should be considered victims of ousted President Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law and how much they should get in compensation, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez of InterAksyon.com reports.

Panels from the Senate and the House of Representatives have yet to thresh out who should be considered victims of ousted President Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law and how much they should get in compensation, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez of InterAksyon.com reports.

 

Quoting Bayan Muna party-list Representative Neri Colmenares, the report says the panels of the bicameral conference committee on a bill for compensation to Martial Law victims have yet to agree on who to count as victims.

 

"The House is pushing for ’conclusive presumption,’ meaning automatic recognition of the 9,539 plaintiffs who successfully filed a class suit against Marcos before a court in Hawaii, where the dictator and his family fled after his ouster in 1986.

The Senate, however, says there should be ’disputable presumption,’ which would require all applicants for compensation to undergo evaluation by the (Human Rights Victims Compensation) Board," the report said.

 

The bicameral committee has at least agreed on who will comprise the board. Among its members are "Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance, the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism, Inc., Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, and the Free Legal Assistance Group."

 

For more on this story, log on to InterAksyon.com.

 

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