Compensation for martial law victims

2013-02-25 08:13


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Manila - Thousands of victims of human rights violations during the administration of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos are to receive compensation under a law signed on Monday by President Benigno Aquino III.

The signing came during celebrations marking the 27th anniversary of the 1986 "people power" revolution, which ousted Marcos and was led by Aquino's mother, Corazon Aquino. Congress approved the bill last month.

Marcos imposed martial law for nine years from September 1972, during which thousands of people, most of them accused of being enemies of the state, were arrested, tortured, killed and disappeared.

"The signing into law of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 is not only our way of recognizing their sacrifices but of reminding ourselves of the tyranny that made their struggle justified, a tyranny that must not be repeated," Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Benigno Aquino's father, the late senator Benigno Aquino Junior, was detained for years for his opposition to Marcos and was later assassinated in Manila.

"Former president Corazon C Aquino has stated in the past that the family is not after compensation but official recognition of the tragedy that was martial law," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

The compensation is to come from 246 million dollars that the government recovered from Marcos' ill-gotten wealth, which was deposited in Swiss bank accounts.

The law also requires schools to teach young people about the abuses committed by the Marcos regime and the heroism of those who opposed it.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    benigno aquino  |  philippines  |  human rights
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Habana to extend Test career?
Moody backs under-fire Lancaster
Folau a doubt for Wales clash
England merchandise 'reduced to clear'
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.