Today Dec. 10, 2021 is the International Human Rights Day, and to commemorate this occasion I am republishing the reason why Republic Act No. 10368 exists. This RA was published on the OfficialGazette.gov.ph website on Feb. 25, 2013 and is also known as ‘AN ACT PROVIDING FOR REPARATION AND RECOGNITION OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS DURING THE MARCOS REGIME, DOCUMENTATION OF SAID VIOLATIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES‘
The reason why this act exists is thus described:
To recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who were victims of SUMMARY EXECUTION, TORTURE, ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCE and OTHER GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS committed during the regime of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos covering the period from September 21, 1972 to February 25, 1986 and restore the victim’s honor and dignity.
So if anyone says something like ‘maganda naman ang buhay nung panahon ni Marcos!‘, ang sagot lang po ay ‘kung ganun, bakit may RA 10368 para na nagtabi ng pondo para mabigay sa biktima ng martial law?‘