Martial Law Victims Will Challenge Any Compromise Plan Of Duterte Government With Marcoses


Samahan Ng Ex-Detainees Laban Sa Detensyon At Aresto

Martial Law Victims Demand Distribution of 100% Claims

HRVCB office, UP Diliman, January 17, 2018

Martial law victims under the Marcos dictatorship led by SELDA trooped to the Human Rights Victims Claims Board office to demand the 100 percent distribution of reparation for all legitimate claimants. Victims also said the term of the board tasked to process the applications should not extend beyond May 2018, which is stated under the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act. |

Martial Law Victims Will Challenge Any Compromise Plan Of Duterte Government With Marcoses

Victims of martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos led by the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) condemned anew any plan of the Duterte government to hatch a compromise agreement with the Marcoses. “If there’s no smoke, there’s no fire. The Marcoses and Duterte are making fools out of us victims and the people.

We will challenge any plan of a compromise deal with the Marcoses. We strongly hold on to our stand that this is a reversal of history and an escape from accountability for their crimes of plunder and human rights violations,” said SELDA chairperson Trinidad Herrera-Repuno.

SELDA also hit the Marcos family’s denial in pushing for a compromise agreement, saying Atty. Oliver Lozano is used as a dummy of the Marcoses to push through with their complete political rehabilitation. “The Marcoses are masters of denial and hypocrisy, as if the people don’t know they have used dummies and cronies to pursue their interests. Now, they’re not only using Lozano, but most especially Duterte,” Repuno said. Repuno recalled there have been a number of attempts of past administrations to enter into compromise agreements with the Marcoses, but only Duterte had succeeded in becoming “a total apologist for the Marcoses.” “Duterte is trying to make it look like he is not part of these plans for a compromise deal, but look again. We won’t forget that he is the number one government official who pushes for the complete rehabilitation of the Marcoses since he allowed the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani,” said Repuno.

SELDA said the Filipino people should not allow further the Marcoses’ plans to creep their way back to power by using their power and influence so they can get away from any accountability or case against them. “We appeal to the Filipino people to join us in different avenues of protests, in the name of justice not just for victims of Marcos martial law but to the people who bear the burden of the crimes of Marcos,” said Repuno. ###

For information: Cristina Guevarra, media liaison, 09993933100
News Release 15 January 2018

The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) is an organization of former political prisoners in the Philippines. Founded on December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by newly-released political prisoners of the martial law period. SELDA’s primary task is to work for the release of all political prisoners and to see to it that humane treatment of those who are still in detention are complied with by the Philippine authorities.

SELDA advocates justice for current and former political prisoners. It calls for the mobilisation of resources in support of political prisoners, former detainees and their families. It carries out legislative advocacy for the indemnification and rehabilitation of political prisoners. SELDA goes into partnership and builds solidarity with concerned individuals and groups for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and all victims of tyranny.

SELDA National Office: 2/F, Erythrina Bldg.,
#1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets, Brgy. Central District, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Tel: 632-9906595 Fax: 632-4354146