Akbayan accused of siding with Marcoses on compensation bill

News Philippines Jan 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm


MANILA — The progressive party-list group Bayan Muna is accusing a group closely allied with the Aquino government of resurrecting a legislative measure that is “ contrary to the interest of human rights victims.”

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares criticized Akbayan lawmaker Walden Bello for allegedly undermining the House position in the bicameral committee tasked to harmonize the Senate and House bills providing for compensation for victims of human rights violations during martial law. This, Colmenares charged, was despite the unity of lawmakers and an earlier public statement made by deputy Speaker Erin Tañada to defend the House version.

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