By Bernice Pascual
I just saw another Facebook friend share a photo in admiration of a dead dictator’s presidency.
Like being tortured all over again. This must be how it feels for the tens of thousands of survivors required to relive the nightmare of their incarceration and abuse during Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, to be able to qualify for a share of the compensation set aside for them.
By Conrado de Quiros
Finally, Nora Aunor broke her silence over her being snubbed as National Artist. In a statement last Monday, she thanked the people, the same ones that continue to patronize her movies, however they are now few and far between—growing old is cruel to movie actors, especially female movie actors—for their love and support.
In the light of the declaration of martial law in Thailand, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (Afad) calls on the Thai army under the command of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to uphold human rights and not subject anyone to enforced disappearance.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
May 12 was the first day of submission of reparation/compensation claims by victims of human rights violations under martial law. This is provided for in Republic Act No. 10368, or “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.” President Aquino signed the law on Feb. 25, 2013, the 27th anniversary of the People Power revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.