By Robert A. Swift
The Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 is indeed a milestone. President Aquino, legislators and rights abuse victims are right to celebrate it.
After all these years, official recognition. The soon-to-be-signed Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 sets aside at least P10 billion as compensation for victims of human rights abuses committed by the Marcos dictatorship. Substantial as the amount is, however, the real import of the new measure is not accounting, but accountability. For the first time—and for all time—the state acknowledges its duty to fulfill a double act of recognition.