I belong to the decades-old organization of former political prisoners which goes by the jaw-breaking name Samahan ng Mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensiyon at Para sa Amnestiya, or SELDA.
SELDA initiated the class action suit in Honolulu which over ten years ago won former political prisoners a .3 billion award to be sourced from the Marcos Estate.
No one among the 10,000 claimants in whose behalf SELDA lawyer Romeo Capulong filed that suit has seen a cent of that award. Few of those still with SELDA expect to.
But another group whose members broke from SELDA in the early 1990s, which calls itself Claimants 1081, is more optimistic. Apparently its leaders