PNoy to sign rights reparation law at EDSA

Posted at 02/23/2013 9:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino will sign into law the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 during the 27th anniversary celebration of the People Power uprising on February 25.

The landmark legislation will be an official recognition by the government of the Marcos administration's atrocities, organizers of the event said in a press statement.

The measure will grant reparation for human rights violations victims during Martial Law.

It will also create the Human Rights Violations Victims' Memorial Commission, which will work with the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education for the teaching in schools of the abuses inflicted on the opponents of the Marcos dictatorship.

The EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC) said other events are lined up for the EDSA Revolution anniversary, which will be held from February 23 to 25, 2013.

"The highlight of EDSA 27 is the re-enactment of the Salubungan to be held in Manila, Dumaguete and Zamboanga on February 25. All three simultaneous celebrations will also feature businessmen, government officials, religious representatives and volunteers
signing their commitments for the fulfillment of the promise of EDSA," the commission said.

Aquino will lead a flag-raising ceremony at the People Power Monument.

On February 23, former President Fidel Ramos will also lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig.