[box type=”default” size=”large”] Deadline for filing of claims is Nov. 10, 2014 [/box]CHICAGO – Victims of human rights abuses during the martial-law regime, who live abroad, can now file reparation and recognition claims even without going back to the Philippines.
They have to file their claims on or before Nov. 10, 2014.
The website of Human Rights Violations Claims Board, www.hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph, states, “In our efforts to reach every victim of gross human rights violations during the Marcos regime, HRVCB now accepts applications from human rights violation victims (HRVV) living and/or working abroad.
“Claimants can start filing even without travelling back to the Philippines. Properly filled-out applicationa, sworn statement/affidavits, and other supporting documents must be scanned in jpeg or pdf format and sent through our email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for pre-evaluation.
“Our paralegals will immediately check the documents for completeness and will advise claimants accordingly via email.”
It was stated in the website that the applicants cannot file directly with any Philippine Embassy/Consulate but “sworn statements/affidavits and Special Power of Attorney that has not been notarized can be scanned and emailed to HRVCB for pre-evaluation.”
The application claims to be accepted by HRVCB were those pertaining to abuses that happened from Sept. 21, 1972 up to Feb. 25, 1986. Violations will be assigned “points” in the evaluation.
It stated that “documents for notarization and certification/attestation as true copies of the original must be brought to the nearest embassy or consulate in bulk to minimize the processing fee at US$25 or the equivalent value in other currencies.”
Killing of persons exercising their civil and political rights and involuntary disappearance (still missing) also known as “Anti-Enforced or Involuntary disappearance Act of 2012” filed by the next of kin will get the top rating 10 points.
Victims of torture under R. A. 9745 or “Anti-Torture Act of 2009” and/or rape or sexual abuse will get from six to nine points; detention “without a valid warrant of arrest issued by a civilian court of law,” warrantless arrest, detention or deprivation of liberty on the basis of an “Arrest, Search and Seizure Order” (ASSO), or “Presidential Commitment Order” (PCO) or a “Preventive Detention Action” (PDA) and such other similar executive issuances get from three to five points.
Forced or intimidation causing involuntary exile from the Philippines, one to two points; force, intimidation or deceit causing unjust or illegal takeover of business confiscation of property, detention of owners/ and/or their families, deprivation of livelihood of a person by agents of State, including President Marcos, his spouse Imelda R. Marcos, their immediate relatives by consanguinity or affinity, their immediate and close relatives, associates, cronies and subordinates, one to two points.
Kidnapping or otherwise exploiting children or persons suspected of committing acts against the Marcos regime; sexual offenses committed against human rights victims, who were detained and/or in the course of conducting military and/or police operations; and other similar or analogous violations are also evaluated.
HRVCB, a quasi-judicial body, was created to receive, evaluate and process all claims, award reparation, and recognize the victims by enshrining their names in the Roll of Human Rights Violations Victims on the Bantayog ng mga Bayani (Monument of Heroes) Foundation.
HRVCB, chaired by Gen. Lina C. Sarmiento, is accepting applications through its Secretariat located at E. Virata Hall, E. Jacinto St., U.P. Diliman Campus Diliman, Quezon City1101, Philippines. It can be reached through telephone 373.4847 or through email at email@example.com.