By Raymund Antonio
President Duterte’s approval of a joint resolution extending of the validity of martial law victims’ compensation funds should remind him that the ill-gotten wealth amassed by the Marcos family exists, Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Erin Tañada said.
“The President’s acknowledgment of the claims of human rights victims should serve as a reminder to him about the Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth,” he said.
Tañada, a former deputy speaker, made the statement in response to the claim of Duterte that allegation of ill-gotten wealth against late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was not proven yet.
At the convention of mayors in Manila, the Chief Executive claimed: “Until now you have not proven anything except to sequester and sell. You are not even sure whether that really belongs to Marcos.”
Duterte said this even after he signed a joint resolution extending the availability of ill-gotten wealth as compensation for human rights victims during the martial law.
Signed by the President last February 22 was Senate Joint Resolution No. 13 and House Joint Resolution No. 26, which extends the maintenance, availability, and release of the funds for victims of human rights violations until December 31, 2019.
“We can never have enough of this administration’s inconsistent policy declaration,” said Tañada.
Tañada, a former Quezon representative, recalled that he jointly worked on passage of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 passed when he was still a congressman.
Republic Act No. 10368 or Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 states that the “reparation for the victims of Martial Law will come from some P10 billion that the Marcoses hid in Swiss banks—funds which were ordered to be transferred back to the Philippines.”
“The claimants must immediately work on getting the compensation due them,” the opposition Senate bet said.
Tañada said he hoped the human rights victims will be able to “fully avail of their monetary reparation” with the extension of validity of funds for martial law victims.
“The government is getting the money for this reparation from the recovered ill-gotten wealth from the United States and Switzerland,” he noted.
On December 21, 1990, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court affirmed a prosecutor’s findings that the Marcoses hid $356 million in Swiss banks through dubious foundations during their two-decade rule.