HRVCB Rejects 9,500 Compensation Claims Filed by NPA Victims

The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVC) has unanimously rejected thousands of monetary compensation claims filed by victims of the New People’s Army (NPA).  The 9,500 claims is part of more than 20,000 claims filed by victims and/or relatives of victims of the rebel group NPA, that were submitted since the presidency of Joseph “Erap” Estrada.

Contrary to the compensation claims filed by Martial Law victims, HRVC said NPA victims are not qualified for such similar claims because they are not victims of government atrocities, and therefore, they are not victims of human rights violations.

Since the founding of the New People’s Army on early 60’s, hundreds of thousands of people have been affected, and more than 40,000 have been killed.

The HRVC is under the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), where Chito Gascon, a former activist and supporter of the rebel group, serve as the commissioner.

The dismissal of petitions came as an insult to the victims of NPA, as it came out at the time of the news that 4,000 Martial Law victims will be compensated.

Atty. Noel Acosta, son of a farmer who was killed by NPA during 80’s, urge Gascon to step down from his post as CHR commissioner.

“If he thinks the people killed by his rebel groups were not victims of human rights, he must be ashamed of himself. He must resign from his post immediately. He is inhuman”, Acosta said referring to Gascon.

Acosta, head of Coalition of Communist Victims (CCV) plan to bring the matter to the Supreme Court.

“We have a good legal fight. We have hundreds of thousands of evidence to indict those people who they say “promoters of human rights”. The time to put these so-called NDF/NPA consultants into jail is right now. We cannot leave our dead crying for justice in their graves”, Acosta told reporters on Friday.

Gascon’s office has yet to comment on the matter. /Roilan Jardeliza/

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