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Jeff Randell B.

Viñas 2010-20019 Human Rights Law Reaction Paper – Attempt to correct the wrongs committed during the Marcos dictatorship

Why only now? This question is my first reaction when I first learned of Republic Act No. 10368, otherwise known as Human Rights Victim Reparation Act of 2013. Considering that it has been decades since Ferdinand Marcos left the seat of power. And after reading the Declaration of Policy as stated in the law, I asked the same question, “Why only now?” Nothing is new, the provision of the Constitution guaranteeing full respect of human rights has always been there. How come it is only now that our legislators have enacted this law. Don’t get me wrong, I believe this law is very important. However, I just don’t understand the delay. As the saying goes, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” Considering the time that lapsed, a considerable number of Human Rights Violations Victims will not be able to able to receive their due reparation. I just hope that more victims will be able to share in the P10 billion fund. I guess this law seeks to provide closure and compensation to the victims of the Marcos dictatorship. The same rationale Atty. Cuyco mentioned in his proposed framework for the creation of a Truth Commission. Same ends, different means. But are they essentially the same? According to Atty. Cuyco, “President Aquino has been blamed for her inability to go after human rights violators… particularly those in the military and police organizations.” President Aquino refused to go after human violators in the military because this same military was essential for her to remain in power. My question now is, “How about the jus cogens character of torture and other acts violating human rights?” In effect, non-derogable rights were compromised when President Aquino refused to go

Is she correct to have done so? I don’t really know. It is important that the State recognizes that Filipinos were victims of human rights violations during the regime of President Ferdinand E. . this law will remind us that the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today is paid for with sacrifices of a lot of Filipinos. It is also vital that the youth be made aware of what transpired during those times. “Better late than never.after not so significant human rights violators. It is imperative that the lessons learned during martial law be passed on to the next generations. Case per case. Marcos. I’m too young to remember or appreciate the events that happened during the Marcos regime.” I think this line is appropriate for RA 10368.