By Camcer Ordonez Imam
Cagayan de Oro City– Civilians and soldiers who were wounded-in-action (WIA) and who were affected by the conflict in Marawi City, including the families of those who were killed-in-action (KIA), will receive compensation from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Justice Undersecretary Reynante Orceo, DOJ Board of Claims in-charge, said the financial assistance they will extend to civilians and soldiers wounded and killed during the Marawi siege is backed by Republic Act 7309.
He said each of the affected persons will be given a maximum of P10,000 based on RA 7309, which was purposely enacted for victims of unjust detention and of violent crimes.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II visited the wounded soldiers, and ordered Orceo’s office to fast track the processing of the claims so that the victims will not have to wait long.
Orceo said the city prosecutor’s office was tasked as the temporary processing center for the financial assistance.
He said the government has about P140 million intended for the compensation of victims of violence.
The DOJ has processed more than a hundred claims as it continues to visit other medical facilities where injured soldiers are confined.
Orceo said the DOJ will rely on the list from the Armed Forces of the Philippines for persons affected by the Marawi conflict.
The requirements for the families of victims who died are authenticated copies of death certificates and police or autopsy reports.
For physical or psychological injuries, permanent incapacity or disability, insanity, abortion, serious trauma, or ordeals with torture, cruelty and barbarity, the victim may present a true copy of medical or psychiatric certificate and other pertinent documents.
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