11,000 martial law victims have until May 11 to claim reparations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — Over 11,000 victims of human rights violations under martial law have until May 11, Friday, to claim reparations, the (HRVCB) reminded on Wednesday.

In addition, claimants only have until May 9, Wednesday, to open bank accounts and submit information to receive the payment.

"We advise all claimants included in the final list to open a regular savings account with the nearest Landbank Branch and submit a copy of their Savings Transaction Information (STI) with the HRVCB not later than May 9, 2018 to ensure full payment of monetary reparation," HRVCB Chairperson Lina Sarmiento said.

The full list of 11,103 claimants is available on the HRVCB website. Each claimant can receive compensation ranging from P176,000 for one point to P1.76 million for ten points.

The HRVCB will close operations on May 11 in line with its limited term under Republic Act 10368. The board is a quasi-judicial body tasked with evaluating and providing claims for reparations.

The law also provides a point system that determines the compensation granted to victims, survivors, and their family members. It provides 10 points ofr enforced disappearance and killing; 6 to 9 points for torture; 3 to 5 points for arbitrary detention; and 1 to 2 points for other violations.

When President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, his family allegedly plundered an estimated $10 billion (roughly P500 billion) during his two-decade regime. The HRVCB deliberated on a total of 75, 537 human rights violations cases during that period.