Negotiations on Marcos wealth should not be between PRRD and the Marcoses – Etta Rosales

admin   •   September 4, 2017   •   7281

MANILA, Philippines — Former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales is against any move of the president to solely discuss with the Marcoses the return of their wealth.

The former CHR head and martial law victim said that since the ill-gotten wealth is the money the Marcoses stole from the Filipinos, the people should have a say on the matter.

“So it is the Filipino people that are sovereign and that are the owners of these funds. not Mr. Duterte in his person, nor the Marcoses. So they have no rights making deals with each other,” said Rosales.

She also emphasized the fact the Marcoses will “return” its ill-gotten wealth proves the family stole it from the public.

In line with this, she insisted that the trial regarding the issue should be resumed.

“Since the late Mr. Marcos is no longer around, and has been unglamorously buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani against the will of the people, his heirs should take responsibility,” said Rosales.

Meanwhile, a group of martial law victims initially insisted that the Marcos family should return its entire ill-gotten wealth and not just a part of it.

Several groups also noted that the culture of impunity in the country will only get stronger if the government accepts the Marcoses’ offer to return only a part of its ill-gotten wealth, and will not hold liable those who have committed crimes under the Marcos regime.  — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

Palace assures probe on deaths of 9 activists in police, military raid; CHR condemns ‘brutal killings’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Monday (March 8) assured that the government will investigate the deaths of nine activists in various police operations.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra has already formed an inter-agency task force that would look into such killings.

“Ito pong latest incident na ito, iimbestigahan po natin iyan at pati po si Secretary Menard Guevarra ay nagsabi na bumuo na po siya ng inter-agency task force para imbestigahan ang mga bagay na ito, he said.

Nine activists were killed in various provinces during police and military raids on Sunday. Six were killed in Rizal province, two in Batangas, and one in Cavite.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and several groups have condemned the said killings which came on the heels of President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive for government troops to shoot armed communist rebels.

“CHR also expresses concern on the Chief Executive’s statement made on Friday, 5 March 2021, which ordered the police and military ‘to shoot and kill right away’ if they see communists holding a gun and ‘ignore human rights,’” the CHR said in a statement.

“We stress that, while CHR condemns the use of arms and violence to overthrow a government, human rights must be respected at all times. Crimes must be punished under the guidance of the rule of law and due process,” the statement further reads.

The CHR also announced it is prepared to conduct a probe on the incident.

“CHR, through its CHR Region IV-A office, is already on the said cases to pursue independent probes in line with our mandate as the country’s national human rights institution,” the CHR said.

CHR launches e-lawyering service

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2020

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) officially launched its e-lawyering service which aims to provide real-time legal advice amid the quarantine restrictions brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Human Rights E-Lawyering Service (HR-ELS) was formally launched on Thursday, December 10.

“With your spirit of volunteerism and passion, we, together, the CHR and the UP-OLA students can make a difference in the lives of PWDs, OFWs, senior citizens, indigenous peoples, LGBTQs, women and children, and other people out there who are marginalized and who would not be able to walk through our doors as of now, and who would also be fearful and scared to do so,” the CHR said in a statement.

The agency also encourages individuals to avail their e-lawyering service and contact the following hotlines:

CHR hotlines and online platforms:

National Capital Region

(0919) 444 7720 (Smart)

CHR Investigation Office
(0963) 660 1364 (Globe)
(0927) 328 2835 (Globe)
(0961) 451 2426 (Smart)
(0950) 369 9026 (Talk N’ Text)

CHR Legal Division

Senate to probe PCGG for losing ill-gotten wealth case against Marcoses

Maris Federez   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Justice will conduct an investigation on the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) on the measures it has taken to sequester the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Richard Gordon will particularly question the PCGG’s failure to win the case against the Marcoses.

“Kung meron talagang ganung kalaking halaga, papaano nakuha yung perang yan. Yan ang unang tatanungin ko. Papaanong nakalap yan at bakit hindi ninyo maimbestigahan ng maayos para just follow the paper trail,” Gordon said.

On Monday (Dec. 16), the Sandiganbayan junks the 200-Billion forfeiture case against the Marcos family.

This is the fourth time that the PCGG lost its case in the Sandiganbayan. — (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf


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