MANILA, Philippines – A total of 12 victims and relatives of human rights abuses during the Marcos regime finally received compensation today, and the rest will receive the same starting Tuesday, according to the Commission on Human Rights.
Among those awarded the checks each amounting to $1,000 or P43,000, through American lawyer Robert Swift, were author Antonio Lacaba, Beatriz de Vera, Cecilia Lagman, Fr. Edward Gerlock, Fe Mangahas, Hilda Narciso, director Joel Lamangan, Lutgardo Barbo, Meinardo Paredes, Nilo Olegario Sr., Priscilla Mijares and Ruben Resus.
The victims or their kin suffered from torture, abduction, rape or forced disappearance during the incumbency of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, for 21 years.
According to a human rights lawyer Rod Domingo, the amount to be distributed was sourced from $10 million recovered from a crony and dummy of the late strongman, 25 years after the breakout of the first EDSA Revolution in 1986, and is just a portion of the $2 billion judgment for compensation against the Marcoses in 1995. (With a report from ABS-CBN)
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