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Judge approves $7.5M payment to Marcos victims

By AUDREY McAVOY

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge in Hawaii has approved the distribution of $7.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by thousands victims of torture, execution and abduction under the regime of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.

The distribution provides victims their first opportunity to collect since they sued in 1986.

U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real on Thursday approved the payment of $1,000 to each of about 7,500 members of the lawsuit.

The funds come from a settlement of a legal case against individuals controlling Texas and Colorado land bought with Marcos money.

Plaintiffs have spent the past 25 years fighting in the courts to secure Marcos assets.

They're still pursuing $70 million in Marcos assets through courts in New York and Singapore.

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