Martial law victims might receive more from the Marcoses’ wealth in Hawaii
Marje Pelayo • March 1, 2019 • 5418
MANILA, Philippines – Rights abuse victims during the Marcos regime were able to breathe a huge sigh of relief when President Rodrigo Duterte approved to extend the distribution of claims until the end of the year.
According to the group, Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensuon at Aresto (SELDA), around P234 million from the P10 billion total amount of reparation pay are yet to be claimed by around 170 recognized claimants.
“Ang mga grantee noon (ay) may mga kulang pa talagang mga documents daw so hinabol ng iba iyong mga kulang ng documents,” explained SELDA’s National Coordinator Danny dela Fuente.
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is now planning the process and finalizing the timeline for the distribution of the remaining claims.
Apart from this, the rights group said the 7,500 Martial law victims who were among those who filed a class action lawsuit in Hawaii may still be able to receive an additional amount from so called ‘ill-gotten wealth’ of the Marcoses deposited in the island state.
SELDA noted that each recognized claimant might receive P75,000 each from the US$13.75 million dollar earned from the auctioned paintings of the Marcoses.
This would be possible if the court will rule in favor of their petition expected to be announced in March.
It can be noted that the complainants were given an initial amount when the Hawaii court ruled in their favor against the Marcoses in the Hawaii case.
“Ang tawag ngayon doon (ay) Marcos estate, iyong inihabla namin sa Hawaii. Nagkaroon nga ng favorable decision ang court of US federal district of Hawaii na kami ay ma-award ng $1.9B. Walang panggagalingan iyon kundi ang kanilang ill-gotten wealth,” dela Fuente concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
USA – A Hawaiian court sentenced Felina Salinas, the manager of Apollo Quiboloy’s church in the island state, to 30 days in prison for lying about a suitcase that contained hidden $350,000 cash found in the pastor’s private jet back in 2018.
Aside from imprisonment, Salinas would also pay a $500 fine, according to the Hawaii-based Hawaii News Now.
In 2018, Salinas attempted to fly with Quboloy on a private jet claiming to Federal agents the cash was hers.
Salinas presented the currency report form but declared that she only had $40,000 and P1,000.
Authorities, however, found $335,000 US dollars inside the bag and a total of 9,000 Australian dollars hidden in socks.
The Philippine Army has withdrawn its recommendation to re-impose martial law in Sulu province after the twin blast incident in Jolo which killed 15 and injured 74 individuals.
Army Chief LtGen. Cirilito Sobejana said they respect the decision of the national leadership as well as the sentiment of the general public.
“I drop my recommendation for martial law declaration over Sulu despite the turmoil as there might be other better options,” he said in a statement.
“I always give due respect to the wisdom of our national leadership and the sentiment of the general public but I felt it appropriate to share with you that the military had displayed utmost professionalism and maturity during our martial law implementation in Sulu when I was the JTF (Joint Task Force) Sulu Commander in 2017,” he added.
Local officials have earlier expressed their opposition to the re-imposition of martial law in Sulu. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
Local officials in Sulu have expressed their opposition to the recommendation of several authorities to put the province under martial law after the twin blast incident on Monday (August 24).
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said martial law was already implemented before and it still had not curbed terrorism in the province. He recommended, instead, for the government to increase its efforts to implement the Anti-Terrorism Law.
“Iyong Anti-Terror Law sobra-sobra pa iyan sa martial law. Dapat intindihin muna nila ang Anti-Terror Law. Sisirain lang nila ang pangalan ng Sulu (The Anti-Terrorism Law is already too much compared to martial law. They should focus first on the Anti-Terror Law. They will just tarnish the name of Sulu),” he said.
Jolo, Sulu Mayor Kerkhar Tan said the province does not need martial law. Authorities should have a focused military operation on verified terrorist camps in order to attain peace in Sulu.
“Nag-martial law na tayo, nag-martial law ang Mindanao, mayroon ding nangyaring bombing dito sa amin (Martial law was already implemented here before, in Mindanao. There are still bombings),” the mayor said.
Local officials appeal to residents to coordinate with authorities if they encounter any suspicious activities or individuals in their area.
Meanwhile, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the decision to implement martial law in the province will be up to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Any decision to impose martial law will depend on the existence of a factual basis; that is, whether or not there is actual rebellion or invasion, and whether or not public safety requires the imposition of martial law,” he said. “Only the president has the necessary information to make this determination.”
Malacañang previously said the President is considering the recommendation of the Philippine Army to put Sulu under martial law after the recent twin blasts in Jolo. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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