Bongbong: Compensation for HR victims now up to gov't

Posted at 01/29/2013 2:58 PM | Updated as of 01/29/2013 2:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said his family already has nothing to do with granting compensations for victims of human rights violations during the regime of his father, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos.

A day after the Senate ratified a measure giving compensation to martial law victims, Marcos said the issue is only between human rights claimants and the government, which now possesses the money confiscated from his family.

"The judgments have been made against us and our position has been very clear. The government has confiscated the assets, so it's up to the government to now dispose of them as they see fit," he said.

Marcos added that from the very start, he was never involved in discussions on the bill. "I just recused myself from the discussions because I cannot be seen ever to be objective about the subject," he said.

SELDA slams PCGG

In a separate press release, members of the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) deplored what they said was a "malicious, irresponsible and anti-people" statements made by Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Andres Bautista.

Bautista supposedly said that the martial law victims should consider giving up their claims in the class suit filed in Hawaii, now that a bill to give compensation to human rights victims is set to be enacted into law.

"We are exasperated, disappointed and angry at such malicious and irresponsible statements made by PCGG chair Andres Bautista. Why should we give up the claims when the award is based on the judgement that the Marcos dictatorship is guilty of crimes against humanity, and therefore the Marcoses are accountable for the human rights violations committed under their reign?" said martial law victim and SELDA chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez.

She said she could not comprehend Bautista’s claim of giving up a “meager amount” even as victims continue to await for apologies from the Marcoses.