President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 36th anniversary of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila City on Friday (October 24). The Jesus Is Lord Church aims to bring all peoples to the kingdom of the living God regardless of race, status, belief and religious affiliations through the saving, healing, delivering, and transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ.(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the 36th anniversary of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila City on Friday (October 24). The Jesus Is Lord Church aims to bring all peoples to the kingdom of the living God regardless of race, status, belief and religious affiliations through the saving, healing, delivering, and transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An alliance of human rights groups on Friday urged President Benigno Aquino III to immediately act and certify as urgent a joint resolution seeking to extend the deadline for the filing of claims of Martial Law victims.

In a press statement on Friday, PAHRA Chairperson Max de Mesa stressed that many human rights victims have yet to file their claims before the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB).

He noted that as of October 2014, the RVCB has received only around 29,000 claims applications, which is lower  than the 55,000 to 90,000 applications expected by the Board’s officials.

“It is evident that much more work has to be done if we are going to provide compensation and give some measure of justice to all deserving claimants,” he added, noting that the deadline for submission is on November 10.

For her part, PAHRA Secretary General Rose Trajano, in the same statement, said certifying urgent the resolution for extension in filing claims “will give hope to many human rights victims by giving more time for them to prepare and complete their claims and for the HRVCB to complete its mandate.”

The House of Representatives passed on second reading House Joint Resolution No. 16 filed by Akbayan Representatives Barry Gutierrez and Walden Bello, seeking to extend the deadline of filing of claims by victims of rights violations and is set to pass the same on third reading next week.

Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to pass Senate Joint Resolution No. 10 filed by Sen. Francis Escudero next week.  (MNS)