Imelda Marcos steps out during unanimous House vote for extended martial law victims reparation

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Former President Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) stands by as his wife, Imelda, sings to supporters from a balcony of the Malacañang Palace in Manila, after Marcos' self administered inauguration ceremony as victor in the presidential elections, February 25,1986. This was the last public appearance by Marcos and his family. Later in the evening they fled the palace aboard four American helicopters and were taken to Clark Air Base enroute to exile in Hawaii.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) — Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos left the session hall when the House unanimously approved the extended reparation for human rights violation victims under then-President Ferdinand Marcos' martial rule.  

"Yes Madame was present yesterday but when Reso 26 was taken up…she was out of the session hall…May kausap lang siya sa labas kaya siya maaga umalis [She was talking to someone outside, that's why she left early] " her chief of staff said in a message.  

Rep. Marcos was the former First Lady during the martial law era.  

The measure was passed on third and final reading with a vote of 213, with no negative votes and abstentions on Wednesday.  

House Joint Resolution 26 seeks to extend the distribution of the remaining funds from the ₱10 billion worth of reparation to victims until December 2019.  

The resolution will amend Republic Act No. 10368, that set remaining unclaimed funds to be reverted to the Bureau of Treasury on August 11, 2018. 

READ: CHR welcomes House, Senate resolutions on funds for Martial law victims 

However, it has yet be approved by the Senate, and the President before it takes effect.  

Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero also filed a similar resolution on August 7.