VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Video makes FALSE claims about human rights victims of Marcos, ABS-CBN


Human rights violations committed under the Marcos dictatorship have been proven in court, contrary to a 10-minute TikTok video currently circulating online.

Victims of these rights violations are in fact entitled to redress under Philippine law.

The biased dissemination of ABS-CBN. Tulad na lang halimbawa kapag tungkol In the context of this topic, the lagi nilang inilalabas is related to martial law, violation of human rights and worst of all“a narrator mistakenly said in the short clip.

(Translation: ABS-CBN reports are biased. For example, if they are the Marcos, they always publish reports of alleged victims of martial law, human rights violations and other claims that have never been proven in court.)

It’s wrong. In 1995, around 10,000 victims of human rights violations under Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship won a class action lawsuit in Hawaii, where the Marcos fled after being ousted from power in 1986. A jury found Marcos responsible for ” torture, murder and disappearances of fellow Filipinos.

Republic Law (RA) 10368 also mandated the state “to recognize the heroism and sacrifices of all Filipinos who have been victims of summary executions, torture, enforced or involuntary disappearances and other violations. serious human rights issues ”during the Marcos regime from 1972 to 1986.

There were 11,103 victims of human rights violations at the time who were deemed eligible by the Human Rights Claims Commission to receive reparations, charged against the 10 billion pesos “plus interest. accrued ”from the confiscated Swiss bank accounts of the Marcos.

(Read more: VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Bongbong Marcos falsely claims the horrors of martial law were fabricated)

A much higher number of human rights victims was recorded in the article by academic Alfred McCoy, “Dark Legacy: Human Rights under the Marcos Regime”: 3,257 killed, 35,000 tortured and 70,000 incarcerated .

Video carries more false claims

The TikTok video also incorrectly claimed that ABS-CBN never reported other human rights violations, such as the massacres at Hacienda Luisita, owned by Cojuangco, and Mendiola during the late president’s tenure. Corazon Aquino.

The media network actually published several reports on the Hacienda Luisita massacre, where farmers protesting outside the Central Azucarera de Tarlac were violently dispersed on November 16, 2004, resulting in the deaths of at least 14 people.

ABS-CBN also aired reports on calls for justice related to the bloody dispersal of thousands of farmers who marched to Mendiola in 1987, which killed 13 people.

Video containing the bogus allegations continues to circulate as Marcos’ son Bongbong, presidential candidate in 2022, faced controversy over his studies at Oxford and convictions in tax evasion cases.

The TikTok video, uploaded on October 15, has over 1.4 million views since its publication. It was also reloaded on Facebook by the pro-Marcos Sir Kimoto page (created November 4, 2019), a copy of which has been viewed over 7.1 million times.

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