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U.S. lawyer: No PH admin supported compensation for martial law victims

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The legal hunt for Marcos money is tedious and long, aggravated by the non-cooperation of Philippine governments both current and past, according to lawyer Robert Swift

MARTIAL LAW VICTIMS. American lawyer Robert Swift is in the Philippines to distribute the recently-awarded $13.75 million to victims of martial law. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Robert Swift on the legal hunt for money Martial Law victims deserve

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Are there Marcos assets left to be discovered? What challenges did the human rights lawyer face in seeking compensation for the victims? Watch the interview on Friday, July 12, at 11 am

New York court awards $13.75M to Marcos Martial Law victims – lawyer

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) American lawyer Robert Swift claims the ruling is binding on the Philippine government despite the earlier decision of the Department of Justice to cancel the settlement

MARTIAL LAW. Martial Law victims call for the imprisonment of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, who was recently convicted for 7 counts of graft over illegal Swiss foundations. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

OSG: Martial law compensation from paintings 'disadvantageous' to govt

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The Office of the Solicitor General, Department of Justice and Presidential Commission on Good Government unanimously withdraw from the agreement

Martial Law victims and militants rally outside the Sandiganbayan hearing the conviction of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos on November 16, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte OKs reso extending validity of Martial Law victims compensation

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The Congress resolution extends the maintenance, availability, and release of the funds for victims of Marcos Martial Law human rights violations until December 31, 2019

COMPENSATION. Martial law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

Plans for Martial Law victims, martyrs memorial move forward

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We will continue to tell the story despite the fake news and the post-truth arguments because it's important that the future generations are made aware of what really happened during Martial Law,' CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon says

CHR, former HRVCB members warn martial law victims against scams

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

The Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board say that they are no longer accepting new applications amid reports that a group is soliciting money to process reparation claims from victims of Martial Law

House OKs longer validity of Martial Law victims' compensation

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Legislators vote 213-0-0 to approve the joint resolution that would extend the validity of the Martial Law victims' compensation until December 31, 2019

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House wants to extend validity of Martial Law victims’ compensation

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Without congressional action, the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board's account with the Land Bank of the Philippines holding P792.628 million shall be maintained only until August 11

COMPENSATION. Martial Law victims and their kins get compensation from the Human Rights Victims Clams Board. File photo by Rappler

11,103 victims of human rights violations under Martial Law to get compensation

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The release of the final list comes days before the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board ends its operations on May 12, 2018 as mandated by law

Martial Law victims may get full compensation by May 12

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The law gives the Human Rights Victims' Claims Board only until that date to settle all claims

DEMOCRACY FIGHTERS. The names of personalities who fought the Marcos dictatorship during Martial Law have been engraved on the Wall of Remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Martial Law victims to seek enforcement of Hawaii ruling through SC

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Former human rights chairperson Etta Rosales says they are taking action after the Court of Appeals affirms its rejection of the Hawaii ruling granting claimants $2 billion

HEROES. Family of Martial Law victims light candles before the Bantayog wall. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman disbarment, CHR, oral arguments | Evening wRap

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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P300M to be released for martial law victims

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The names of 4 000 martial law victims to receive 50 of compensation have been submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary says the Palace

MEETING WITH VICTIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting with the Human Rights Victims Claims Board and Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto in Malacañang on January 19, 2017. Malacañang photo

4,000 Martial Law victims to get partial compensation in 2017

Jan 20, 2017 - 11:37 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and key Cabinet officials meet with Martial Law victims on ways to speed up the compensation of human rights victims of the Marcos regime

MEETING THE VICTIMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting with Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) and Human Rights Victims Claims Board at Malacañang Palace on January 19, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

EDSA Simbang Gabi: 'Killings put to shame our Christian nation'

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:10 AM

No to Marcos burial is just one issue No to what kills the human spirit the democratic spirit to speak assert and express oneself this we must fight for says an activist priest at the start of the 9 day Christmas season mass

MISA DE GALLO. Anti-Marcos protesters culminated their series of rallies against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani with an evening mass at the People Power Monument.

IN PHOTOS: The ‘real heroes’ at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Dec 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

On the birth anniversary of Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio and on the same day anti Marcos protests are conducted 19 men and women are given honors for standing up against Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship

'REAL HEROES.' Former Senator Wigberto Tanada unveils the wall of remembrance dedicated to 19 heroes who fought the abuses during Martial Law. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Kin of Martial Law heroes: ‘It feels like a homecoming’

Nov 30, 2016 - 10:24 PM

They are the real heroes not Ferdinand Marcos: the names of 19 new patriots who opposed Martial Law are added to the wall of remembrance at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani

'REAL HEROES.' Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Baynani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Petitioners urge SC to reverse ruling on Marcos burial

Nov 28, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Petitioner Edcel Lagman calls the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani a gross distortion a malevolent revision and a wanton derogation of Philippine history

'NOT A HERO.' Marcos burial protesters gather at the People Power Monument and encourage motorists to join their noise barrage on November 18. Photo by Rappler

#MarcosBurial: 'Sorry I'm not sorry'

Nov 20, 2016 - 1:27 PM

A young woman s open letter to the victims of Martial Law and those who support former president Ferdinand Marcos

Young Moro professionals 'decry' Marcos burial at Libingan

Nov 20, 2016 - 10:33 AM

That he was buried in an attempt to force our people to move on and to forget is inconsolable and unforgivable says the Young Moro Professionals Network

THE GRAVE. An eternal flame is lit at the grave of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After Marcos burial decision: Heroes’ cemeteries per region?

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:00 AM

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe argues that a person regarded as a hero by one region may not be recognized by other regions Case in point former president Marcos

REGIONAL HEROES' CEMETERIES. A legislator suggests creating a Libingan ng mga Bayani per region as dispute continues whether or not former President Ferdinand Marcos deserves to be buried at the national shrine for heroes. Graphic by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

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Nov 15, 2016 - 2:04 PM

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Human rights abuses under Martial Law? Ask Ramos – Imee Marcos

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos points out that Fidel Ramos headed the Philippine Constabulary which conducted arrests and other abuses during Martial Law

'ASK HIM.' Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (right) tells her father's critics to direct their questions to former President Fidel Ramos (left). File photos by Rappler

Bongbong, Imee: How about a heroes' cemetery in Laoag?

Nov 14, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Take the moral high ground and don t bury former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Libingan says AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

JUST A SUGGESTION. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe makes a suggestion to the Marcos family. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Martial law victims ask SC to defer Marcos' interment at LNMB

Nov 11, 2016 - 9:13 PM

The 7 page motion given by Ocampo says it was necessary for a status quo ante order to be in place so as not to render moot the motion for reconsideration of the November 8 decision of the court which they intend to file

PROTEST. Students from the state university lie on a street during a protest in front of the Supreme court in Manila on November 11, 2016, against the high court's decision allowing the burial of the late dictator Marcos at the heroes' cemetery. Photo by Ted Aljibe/ AFP

Petitioners to SC: Advise Marcoses to put on hold preps for burial

Nov 10, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The petitioners explain they have yet to receive a full copy of the SC decision thus preventing them from filing their motion for reconsideration

APPEAL. A protester holds a sign protesting against the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FULL TEXT: 'Failing the test of history' – Hontiveros on Marcos burial

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:32 AM

It is our duty as senators as Filipinos as students of history to stand against this travesty and say – as has been said before – never again

Photo from Senate PRIB

'History lost its meaning': Petitioners react to SC ruling on Marcos burial

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:30 PM

4th UPDATE How can the Supreme Court vindicate a person that they have declared in many decisions as a dictator and as a human rights violator and as a plunderer? asks ex Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Petitioner and Martial Law victim Neri Colmenares talks to reporters minutes after news broke that the SC junked the cases barring a hero's burial for the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Rappler

Nothing spiritual about forgiving Marcos

Oct 17, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Those who ask that we forgive when there has been no remorse or recompense are being cruel

APPEAL TO SC. Supporters of the late Ferdinand Marcos hold a rally at the Supreme Court on Monday, October 17, 2016, to appeal for his burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The SC is scheduled to decide on the issue on Tuesday, October 18.

WATCH: Healing the wounds of Martial Law

Sep 21, 2016 - 6:06 PM

Hilda Narciso is repeatedly raped and molested during her detention She healed from the mental and emotional wounds of torture by talking about her experience and helping others who have been victims of rape

Ilocanos show 'unconditional love' for Marcos on his 99th birthday

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Marcos daughter Imee thanks the Ilocanos for their unconditional love

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from

Ilocanos kick off Marcos' 99th birthday celebration

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:17 PM

The Solid North remains steadfast in their support for the late strongman

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from

'Great Ilocano': Province mates ask for hero's burial for Marcos

Sep 09, 2016 - 8:30 PM

As they celebrate the late dictator s 99th birth anniversary supporters say his presidency should be viewed not just from the perspective of Martial Law victims

MARCOS SUPPORTERS. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and members of the Rotary Club of Metro Ilocos Norte demonstrate the late president's trademark V-sign on September 9. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bongbong Marcos' 14M votes show end of Martial Law trauma – SolGen

Sep 07, 2016 - 3:29 PM

The pain that they Martial Law victims feel do not reflect the national psyche today? Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa asks Solicitor General Jose Calida

BONGBONG MARCOS SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Senator Bongbong Marcos gather at a rally in Mandaluyong ahead of the vice presidential race which he lost by a narrow margin. Photo by Rob Reyes/ Rappler

Marcoses: Hero’s burial won’t stop reparations to Martial Law victims

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Whether or not the President’s decision is implemented will not actually affect their right to reparation say the heirs of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos

No to hero's burial: Negrenses cite sugar plunder, killings, famine

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:09 AM

We call on all fellow Negrenses to stand up and link arms once again Let us oppose this shameful dishonor to Filipino dignity say Negros organizations and concerned citizens

SC consolidates petitions vs Marcos burial, 3rd plea filed

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Our appeal to President Duterte is the Marcos burial is a promise you can break Whose hearts will you break if you don t go through with it? It s only the Marcoses says one of the petitioners

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from Wikipedia Commons

SC sets oral arguments on Marcos burial

Aug 16, 2016 - 5:14 PM

The Supreme Court also orders the military and former First Lady Imelda Marcos to respond to the petition vs the planned burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

THROWBACK. The Marcos family upon the arrival of the remains of the late president Ferdinand Marcos in Laoag City on Sept 7, 1993. File photo by AFP

Martial Law victims ask SC to stop Marcos hero's burial

Aug 15, 2016 - 2:24 PM

The Supreme Court petition comes a day after Malacañang s announcement of its firm stand on the matter as well as a protest rally in Luneta

Martial Law victims at the SC August 15, 2016

August 14 assembly vs Marcos burial: What to expect

Aug 12, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The rally in Luneta from 8 am to 12 noon is meant to urge President Duterte to withdraw his decision allowing a hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

NO TO MARCOS IN LIBINGAN. Various groups convene to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to grant the late President Marcos a hero's burial.

Groups mull asking SC to stop Marcos hero's burial

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:57 PM

The other option is to persuade President Duterte to change his mind

SC INTERVENTION? Representative Edcel Lagman (middle) says the coalition against President Ferdinand Marcos' hero's burial is eyeing to seek an injunction from the Supreme Court. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Martial law is not just about Aquino and Marcos

May 12, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Perhaps if we gave more attention to the stories of the thousands of other victims it would be so much harder for the Filipino people to forget

WATCH: Young Filipinos shocked by martial law victims' stories

May 04, 2016 - 9:55 AM

They thought the martial law era was a time of prosperity and discipline but were shocked to hear of atrocities committed by the regime

Marcos Jr barred return of stolen P1.9 billion – PCGG

Apr 14, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The amount was from the Arelma funds a Panamanian registered account of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos father and namesake of the vice presidential candidate

Robredo: Bongbong very active, not a minor during martial law

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The LP vice presidential candidate reiterates that the least her rival can do is to recognize that something wrong happened during his late father s regime

STRONG ADVOCACY. Administration candidate Leni Robredo is the most vocal among the vice presidential candidates on the issue of martial law. File photo from Leni Robredo's Twitter account

In Ilocos, Robredo asked: Why are you proud to be anti-Marcos?

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Responding to a student at a forum the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate says it’s not about being anti Marcos but taking a strong stance against the abuses committed during martial law

LOW-KEY VISIT. LP vice presidential bet Leni Robredo talks to students at the Northwestern University in Laoag City on March 18, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Martial law survivor on Marcoses: 'Abuse is in the blood'

Mar 12, 2016 - 8:46 PM

Don t forget the dark days Romulus Dingcong tells young Filipinos as he and fellow surviving martial law victims campaign against vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos

NEVER AGAIN. Romulus 'Og' Dingcong, 63, tells Cebuanos how he was detained and tortured during martial law. Photo courtesy of Doris Mongaya

Back to the future: Resetting priorities for peace

Feb 13, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The consideration of the BBL has been postponed till after the national elections in May 2016 This enforced hiatus may be an opportunity to address the issues linked to transitional justice and the peace process

Martial law victims to campaign against Bongbong Marcos’ VP bid

Feb 04, 2016 - 9:00 PM

They vow to go to Marcos sorties and not allow him to campaign without exposing their family s lies

NEVER AGAIN. Martial Law victims oppose the 'return of the Marcoses' in the Palace. Photo by Patty Pasion / Rappler