[SPOTLIGHT] (HRVCB) What do you mean Point System?

Fourth Day. Hmmm… am I too slow in explaining? Well… there’s nothing we can do about it because I believe that it’s the best way to introduce this new law to people. Don’t worry though, on the 15th day, you’ll read a full report/summary on this.

So todays’ issue is about the point system. This is how it looks like:

Human Rights Violations (HRVs)

Points

Killing of persons exercising their civil and political rights;

Involuntary disappearance (still missing) as defined in Republic Act No.

1035[3], otherwise known as the “Anti-Enforced or Involuntary disappearance Act of 2012ā€³;

10 points

Torture, as defined by Republic Act No. 9745, otherwise known as the “Anti-Torture Act of 2009ā€³, and/or rape or sexual abuse;

6 to 9 points

Detention, (meaning the act of taking a person into custody against his will by persons acting in an official capacity and/or agents of the State, as is commonly understood under pertinent penal laws), without a valid warrant of arrest issued by a civilian court of law, including:

  1. any warrantless arrest or detention carried out pursuant to the declaration of Martial Law, and
  2. any arrest, detention or deprivation of liberty on the basis of an ā€œArrest, Search and Seizure Orderā€ (ASSO), a ā€œPresidential Commitment Orderā€ (PCO) or a ā€œPreventive Detention Actionā€ (PDA) and such other similar executive issuances

3 to 5 points

Force or intimidation causing involuntary exile from the PhilippinesĀ 

1 to 2 points

Force, intimidation or deceit causing unjust or illegal takeover of business, confiscation of property, detention of owner/s and/or their families,deprivation of livelihood of a person by agents of the State including those caused by Ferdinand E. Marcos, his spouse Imelda R. Marcos, their immediate relatives by consanguinity or affinity, their immediate and close relatives, associates, cronies, and subordinates;

1 to 2 points

Kidnapping or otherwise exploiting children of persons suspected of committing acts against the Marcos regime;

Sexual offenses committed against human rights victims who are detained and/or in the course of conducting military and/ or police operations; and

Other similar or analogous violations.

1 to 2 points

There you go. That is the point system. However, some HRVVs think its unjustified that the human rights violation that they’ve suffered be regarded into points. In a way, I do understand where they’re coming from but a logical part of me is thinking that the point system is right as well. Yes, a human rights violation is a human rights violation but don’t you think that a family that is still grieving their lost relative is in more need of help than the people whose livelihood were taken away?

There are a lot of forms of Human Rights Violations and some don’t really carry that much weight in terms of cases. The reason why there is a point system is because it is a case to case basis. For example, a person who was illegally detained and tortured for a month would gain a better weight than those who were illegally detained and tortured for a day.

So really, it would depend on your sworn statement and supporting documents on how we can prove that you’re an HRVV during the martial law era. And, I do understand that there is a problem with regards to the “evidences” but a complete application form, your sworn statement and 2 other sworn statement of your witnesses can back up your case.

HROnlinePH has released a press release yesterday from PAHRA or the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates about their initiative in helping the HRVCB in terms of looking and helping the claimants file for reparation and recognition. Linked in the article is TFDPs (Task Force Detainees of the Philippines)Ā list of documented victims which can also be found here.

Supporting documents would help your claim immensely so if you can’t find evidences at your home, the government as well as non-governmental organizations are willing to help you with them.

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ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM HRVCB:

1. The documents that you would submit would temporarily stay at the care of HRVCB at the time of processing and would later be permanently transferred to a memorial, museum or library. If you want to keep your original documents, you can submit the certified copy of this. You can certify it on site with the Officer of the Day.

2. Direct or Indirect commission of fraud or any other colllusion, falsification, misrepresentations of facts, or any other kind of anomaly in the accomplishment of this form, or in obtaining any benefit under this application shall be subject to CRIMINAL ACTION punishable by 8-10 years imprisonment and other accesory penalties as provided for under Republic Act No. 10368, Sec. 25.

Oh any by the way, HRVCB will have a caravanĀ Angeles City, Pampanga June 9-10 as well as the following places

  • Lucena City, June 16-17
  • Calbayog City, June 20-21
  • Tacloban City, June 23-24
  • Cebu City, June 26-27
  • Iloilo City, June 30- July 1
  • Bacolod City, July 3-4
  • Cotabato City, July 7-9
  • Legazpi City, July 14-16
  • San Fernando, La Union, July 21-22
  • Baguio City, July 24-25
  • Butuan City, July 28-29
  • Cagayan de Oro City, July 31-August 1
  • Davao City, August 4-6
  • Tuguegarao City, August 12-13
  • Zamboanga City, August 18-20

The places they’ll be in those areas are still tentative but I’ll give you an update as soon as I hear any news. Okay?

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HRVCB, THIS IS THE LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE.

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