Marawi attack victims start applying for compensation

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Keeping to the promise made by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, the Board of Pardons (BOC) on Thursday started accepting applications for the compensation of victims of violence committed by the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

“The state, through the Board of Claims, can show its genuine concern for the victims and impart to the that the government is not indifferent to their plight. The team will provide proper venue where eligible claimants can seek compensation through administrative procedure,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement.

The BOC, which is under the DOJ, begun the acceptance of the applications at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City pursuant to Republic Act No. 7309, the Act Creating a Board of Claims under the Department of Justice for Victims of Unjust Imprisonment or Detention and Victims of Violent Crimes for other Purposes.

Last Monday (June 12), Aguirre was at Cagayan de Oro City and promised to provide compensation to the victims of the Marawi attack.

Under the law, the DOJ explained the BOC“may approve and award the maximum amount of “P10,000 or the amount necessary to reimburse the claimant the expenses incurred for hospitalization, medical treatment, loss of wage, loss of support or other expenses directly related to the injury, whichever is lower.”

“This is without prejudice to the right of the claimant to seek remedies under the existing laws,” the DOJ assured.