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Philippines: Marcos’ victims to get compensation

MANILA >> Lawyers for victims of human rights violations under Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos say more than 7,500 of them will receive compensation starting next week, 25 years after his ouster in a “people power” revolt.

It will be the first financial compensation since they sued in 1986.

American lawyer Robert Swift said Thursday each will get the equivalent of $1,000. The money will come from a $7.5 million settlement involving Marcos’ assets in Texas and Colorado.

Swift says more money may be forthcoming after a Hawaii court’s judgment last month holding in contempt Marcos’ widow Imelda and their son Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and ordering them to pay the victims $353.6 million.

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