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Tortured again

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.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Setting history right

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That was an interesting letter Joker Arroyo wrote P-Noy on the eve of the 28th anniversary of Edsa. Joker has a complaint, and that is the appointment of police general Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ninoy’s family entitled to compensation

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I think of Purificacion Viernes whom I interviewed and photographed in the early 1980s. She was in a hospital bed, her feet raised by strings and pulleys, the burned soles of her feet showing proof of torture. She recounted how soldiers strafed her home and killed members of her family. Wounded, Purificacion played dead. A soldier burned the soles of her feet with a lighter to find out if she was alive or dead….

Posted: January 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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