Duterte defends Marcos

February 27, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte & Ferdinand Marcos

Says ill-gotten wealth claims ‘not yet proven’.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has  raised doubts about the ill-gotten wealth accusations against the late former president Ferdinand Marcos.

“Until now you have not proven anything except to sequester and sell. Hindi mo nga sigurado kung talagang kay Marcos ba ‘yan,” Duterte, a vocal admirer of the late Marcos , said in a speech before a convention of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Manila Hotel.

Duterte made the statement as he defended anew his decision to allow the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, a move the Supreme Court ruled in November 2016 was legal.

During his two-decade rule that started in 1965, Marcos supposedly managed to amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion from government coffers. His family was accussed of stashing them away in local and offshore accounts, or supposedly hid them through dummy foundations as well as cronies.

The Presidential Commision on Good Government (PCGG) has recovered more than P171 billion worth of  the supposed ill-gotten wealth and cronies of the former President, who died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

In 2017, Duterte said the Marcos family was willing to return a portion of their supposed hidden wealth and gold bars.

Duterte, however, said congressional approval may be needed to give possible immunity to the Marcos family from prosecution should they agree to return the alleged ill-gotten wealth.