The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) released the names of 4,000 approved claims for human rights violations during the martial law period. The names are contained in the preliminary list of eligible claimants posted by the Board in its website, www.hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph, and its Facebook account. The list consists of conclusively presumed victims and new applicants.
"In compliance with Republic Act No. 10368, a Notice containing the list of approved new applicants will also be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in Remate and Balita publications starting March 11, 2017,” HRVCB Chairperson Lina C. Sarmiento explained.
For aggrieved claimants, appeals must be filed within 10 days from receipt of the Resolution of the Division to the Board en banc. Oppositions against a new claimant shall be filed within fifteen (15) days, and against conclusively presumed claimants, within ten (10) days, from the date of the last publication of the Notice in the newspapers.
The Board earlier announced that partial monetary reparation shall be distributed to the first 4,000 approved claimants. Before the actual distribution of the monetary award, possible appeals and oppositions have to be resolved by the Board en banc and the final list of eligible claimants published. The distribution is set to be made by the second quarter of this year.
“The processing of monetary reparation of the first 4,000 eligible claims is being done simultaneously with the evaluation and deliberation of the remaining claims. We would like to assure all claimants that each claim is being evaluated based on the evidence submitted to the Board,” Chairperson Sarmiento added.
To date, the Board has adjudicated about 31,000 claims from a total 75,730 applications from victims of martial law abuses. The HRVCB has until 12 May 2018 to accomplish its mandate.