Congress Passes New Law Honoring Marcos' Victims

Congress last Monday ratified the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013l, which recognizes for the first time that the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship committed atrocities against Filipinos. It awaits the signature of President Benigno Aquino III to turn it into law, reports So the nation won't forget, the actl also mandates the teaching in schools of the abuses inflicted by the regime and the heroism of those who fought to bring it down. The act creates the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission and lays down guidelines for monetary reparations to the victims from a P10-billion fund out of the ill-gotten wealth recovered from Marcos.