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Now that the verdict is out, we asked the bereaved families how they felt.

Now that the verdict is out, we asked the bereaved families how they felt.

The family of the person who died in the Payatas trash pile collapse recently ruled on a lawsuit filed by the family of the person who died in the Payatas trash pile collapse against Quezon City city authorities and others. (It’s in English, but see the linked article.)

As a result of the verdict, the court ordered the city authorities to pay “110,000 pesos per victim” (approximately 230,000 to 240,000 yen). What are the thoughts of the bereaved families who have been fighting for 20 years after the verdict? I was able to talk to one person for a short time, so I’d like to share my story with you.

The battle began the year after the accident. In the beginning there were more than 80 of us in the group, but as time went by, we lost people who had moved away or died. I continued to go to the courthouse two or three times a year. I am very grateful to the lawyers who have been supporting us for the past 20 years on a volunteer basis. If we do not accept the result now, it may be another 20 years before we see the next result. There are elderly people in the bereaved family group. So we have decided to accept the results. The most important thing for us was that the government was found to be negligent and responsible. It’s just good that the court made that clear.

I have great respect for the people who fought for 20 years to protect the dignity of their families and to hold the government accountable.

Hiroyuki Inoue

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…/kin-of-payatas-tragedy-vict…

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