Malacañang jewelry collection ni dating First Lady Marcos, pinababawi ng Sandiganbayan

admin   •   January 14, 2014   •   4237

Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos. File Photo: UNTV News

Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos. File Photo: UNTV News

MANILA, Philippines — Pinababawi ng Sandiganbayan ang isa sa tatlong jewelry collections ni dating first lady at ngayon ay Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos.

Sa 33-pahinang desisyon ng Sandiganbayan Special Division, idineklara nitong ill-gotten wealth ang “Malacañang jewelry collection” na nagkakahalaga ng $150,000 noong 1986.

Sa atas ng Sandiganbayan na nilagdaan ni Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz, sinasabing dapat nang bawiin at ibalik sa estado ang mga nasabing alahas matapos mapatunayan sa korte na ito ay ill-gotten.

Nakasaad sa desisyon ng graft court na hindi nakapagpakita ng matibay na ebidensya ang mga Marcos na ang mga alahas ay lawfully acquired.

Ang Malacañang jewelry collection ay ang huli sa tatlong koleksyon ng mga Marcos na may pending case. Ito ay ang mga naiwan ng mga Marcos noong 1986 ng sila ay umalis patungong Hawaii dahil sa People Power 1.

Ayon sa petition ng Presidential Commission on Good Government o PCGG, ang Malacañang jewelry collection sa panahon ng mga Marcos kasama ang Roumeliotes at Hawaii Collections ay nakatago sa vault ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Ang Roumeliotes Collection ay kinabibilangan ng 60-piraso ng extravagant jewelries o mamahaling alahas at loose gemstones, habang ang Hawaii Collection naman ay trinkets and baubles na nakita sa luggage ng Marcos family nang ito ay lumapag sa Honolulu International Airport noong February 1986.

Samantala, ayaw naman munang magkomento ng kampo ng mga Marcos hanggang hindi nila natatanggap ang kopya ng desisyon ng Sandiganbayan. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Senate to probe PCGG for losing ill-gotten wealth case against Marcoses

Maris Federez   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Justice will conduct an investigation on the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) on the measures it has taken to sequester the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family.

Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Richard Gordon will particularly question the PCGG’s failure to win the case against the Marcoses.

“Kung meron talagang ganung kalaking halaga, papaano nakuha yung perang yan. Yan ang unang tatanungin ko. Papaanong nakalap yan at bakit hindi ninyo maimbestigahan ng maayos para just follow the paper trail,” Gordon said.

On Monday (Dec. 16), the Sandiganbayan junks the 200-Billion forfeiture case against the Marcos family.

This is the fourth time that the PCGG lost its case in the Sandiganbayan. — (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Sandiganbayan dismisses P1-B civil case vs Marcoses

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 8, 2019

Philippines First Lady and current congresswoman Imelda Marcos (2-L) when she visited the tomb of former strongman Ferdinand Marcos to mark National Heroes Day at the ‘Libingan ng mga Bayani’ (Cemetery of Heroes) in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, 28 August 2017. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The second division of the Sandiganbayan has dismissed the civil case filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) against former President Ferdinand Marcos and wife Imelda Marcos for insufficient evidence over P1 billion worth of alleged ill-gotten wealth.

Based on the decision of the anti-graft court, the PCGG failed to present strong evidence against the Marcoses.

“The plaintiff Republic failed to prove by preponderance of evidence that the defendants by themselves, or in conspiracy with defendants Marcoses, obtained ill-gotten wealth,” the decision reads.

“Lastly, the court also finds that the defendants failed to prove their respective counterclaims alluding to alleged damages sustained.”

According to the Malacañang, the PCGG can still submit an appeal in the Supreme Court.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Marcoses should still be accountable if there is proof of ill-gotten wealth.

“Kung ill-gotten, we should always run after, basta ill-gotten (If it is ill-gotten we should always run after, as long as it is ill-gotten). It should be the policy of all governments to run after ill-gotten wealth,” he said.

The Sandiganbayan previously dismissed the P102 billion worth of forfeiture case against the Marcoses and other respondents last August.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Sandiganbayan junks 30-year-old forfeiture case vs. Marcoses, cronies

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan Second Division has dismissed the 30-year-old forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and cronies.

According to the anti-graft court’s decision dated August 5, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) ‘miserably’ failed to show evidence that the accused accumulated billions worth of ill-gotten wealth during their time in office.

“Plaintiff (Philippine government) miserably failed to adduce evidence to hold defendants Ferdinand E. Marcos and Imelda R. Marcos liable under any of the causes of action set out in the amended complaint,” the court said.

“It saddens the Court that it took more than 30 years before this case is submitted for decision and yet, the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence to sustain any of the causes of action against the remaining defendants,” it added.

The PCGG filed the case in July 31, 1987, accusing the Marcos couple and cronies of amassing huge amount of public funds.

The ruling said the PCGG “failed to illustrate” how the late ambassador to Japan Roberto Benedicto and other cronies served as dummies of the Marcoses to acquire alleged ill-gotten wealth from various “schemes, devices and strategems” during their regime.

Aside from the Marcoses, also cleared were Rafael Sison, Placido Mapa, Jr., Don M. Ferry, Jose Tengco, Jr., Ramon Monzon, Generosa Olazo, Cynthia Cheong, Ma. Luisa Nograles, Leopoldo Vergara, Jose Africa and Rodolfo Arambulo.

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