MANILA - A total of 11,103 victims of human rights violations under Ferdinand Marcos are set to receive indemnification as the government’s claims board wraps up its work this Saturday. The number represents only 14 percent of the total 75,749 claims filed because the rest failed to submit "substantial evidence" required by the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board, its chairwoman Lina Sarmiento said Wednesday. Human rights board says only 15 pct of 75,000 claims approved “Kahit nakakabagbag-damdamin ang kwento ng affiant o ng claimant, kung walang ebidensya, wala kaming magagawa,” she said in a press conference. Claimants will get their compensation from Marcos’ secret Swiss bank deposits worth 10 billion pesos. READ: Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 The amount of indemnification is based on the gravity of abuse suffered by victims. A maximum of 10 points worth P1.76 million are assigned for those who were killed or … [Read more...] about News 11,000 Martial Law victims to get indemnification
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PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Govt may lift martial law in certain provinces The Nation / Phuket Gazette PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that the government would consider lifting martial law in some provinces to boost the country’s economic recovery and bring back tourists. Financial authorities have predicted a gloomy economic outlook for Thailand, with gross domestic product projected to grow by no more than 1.5 per cent this year. Wissanu also cited the government’s policy address to Parliament on August 12 that said martial law would be lifted when the time was right. “The issue here is how we are going to revoke or relax martial law to create a good atmosphere for reform and reconciliation,” he said. For instance, he said, if martial law had 10 regulations, then the government might ease restrictions by only imposing two or three rules in … [Read more...] about Govt may lift martial law in certain provinces
MAYNILA - Kinondena ng grupong binubuo ng mga katutubo ang pagpapatuloy ng batas militar sa Mindanao, na anila'y nagiging mitsa ng ilang mga pang-aabuso. Sa protestang pinangunahan ng grupong Katribu sa harap ng Kampo Crame ngayong Huwebes, binanatan din ng mga katutubo ang pagbabansag na terorista sa mga komunista. Ayon kay Kerlan Fanagel, miyembro ng Lumad council, maraming katutubo sa kanayunan ang pinagbibintangan umanong kasapi ng New People's Army at hina-harass hanggang lumikas sila. Panawagan nila na tapusin na ang martial law sa Mindanao at ihinto ang pagpapakalat ng mga sundalo sa mga lalawigan, lalo na sa lugar ng mga katutubo. Nitong Disyembre 2017 lamang, inaprubahan ng Kongreso ang hiling ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na panatilihin pa ang martial law sa Mindanao hanggang sa dulo ng 2018. Hiniling ito ni Duterte dahil sa umano'y mga grupong nagbabalak umatake matapos mabawi ng gobyerno ang Marawi mula sa mga teroristang umokupa dito nang may 5 buwan. -- ulat mula … [Read more...] about Mga katutubo nag-rally sa Crame vs martial law sa Mindanao
With 2014 behind us, it is time to reflect on 12 months – that is 365 days, or 8,765 hours – of news that transformed Phuket and deeply affected how the island is perceived by the outside world. Here, the Phuket Gazette‘s Somchai Huasaikul looks through our archives at the game-changing moments of 2014. PHUKET: The year that was 2014 started out like many that preceded it, with continued expansion of the island’s tourism industry, despite continuing complaints about Phuket’s tuk-tuk mafia, jet-ski scammers, growing environmental concerns and fears surrounding tourist safety in general. At the start of the year, Phuket Provincial Hall was the site for near-daily street protests led by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). Aimed at forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down so that Thailand could somehow be “restarted” as a corruption-free realm under a new Constitution, the PDRC claimed an appointed ruling board … [Read more...] about Tourism, martial law: Looking back at Phuket in 2014
In the aftermath of a truck robbery in which one hostage and one suspect were killed, officials are now floating the idea of reintroducing martial law in the southern provinces – specifically districts in Songkhla. Thavorn Senniam, former deputy interior minister and former member of Songkhla’s House of Representatives, says that the government should consider declaring martial law in some of Songkhla’s districts. Four districts were under martial law since January 2004 but it was later lifted in 2010 and replaced by the National Security Act, which Thavorn says is too weak and blames the current Act for the upsurge in southern violence. On Wednesday morning (August 16), seven gunmen raided a car dealership in Songkhla’s Na Tawee district. They stole five cars and abducted four men, including the business’ owner. One hostage was shot to death. Another was badly injured by a gunshot wound while two escaped to seek help from police. The far-south provinces … [Read more...] about Southern violence moving further north. Former Minister recommends martial law in Songkhla.