Court again junks martial law victims' $2-B claim

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) — Thousands of human rights victims under the rule of former President Ferdinand Marcos are again denied of the $2-billion (P100-billion) compensation they have been asking from the government.

The Court of Appeals in its January 3 decision junked the martial law victims' motion for reconsideration on their claim, for lack of merit.

"This court finds no new or substantial matter that would warrant a reversal or modification of our July 7, 2017 decision," the ruling read.

In its July 7, 2017 decision, the Court of Appeals said the 1995 ruling of a U.S. Hawaii District Court awarding nearly $2 billion in damages to 10,000 victims of human rights abuses under the Marcos' regime cannot be enforced in the Philippines.

It was the same ruling of the Makati Regional Trial Court in 2013, which said the "Hawaii District Court had no jurisdiction over the claim."

Meanwhile, the government is working on awarding compensation to claimants using the $10 billion in Marcos ill-gotten wealth awarded by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in 1997.

This was the money transferred to the Philippine treasury by the Swiss Federal Court in 2004, after the Supreme Court here ordered the forfeiture of the Marcos family's Swiss deposits in 2003.

The Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB), the body in charge of the reparations, on Friday released new names of approved claimants, including the dates when they will receive their compensation.

The Marcos family allegedly plundered an estimated $10 billion (roughly P500 billion) during their two-decade regime.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines in November 2016, Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Acting chairperson Reynold Munsayac said there were 282 pending cases against the Marcos family and cronies.

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