Sandiganbayan dissolves P200-B forfeiture case filed vs Marcoses

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Sandiganbayan dismissed Marcoses' P200 billion forfeiture case.

Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has dissolved the forfeiture case against former President Ferdinand Marcos and his family involving their ill-gotten wealth amounting to P200 billion. 

The Fourth Division of the anti-graft court in its 58-page decision has dismissed the case since the prosecution failed to prove the allegations against the Marcoses. 

Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has filed the case against Marcos children Senator Imee Marcos, former Bongbong Marcos, and Irene Marcos-Aranetam, in efforts to retrieve at least  P200 billion robbed from the country’s coffers throughout their father’s reign for over two decades. 

“Wherefore, premises considered, for failure of the plaintiff to prove its allegations by preponderance of evidence, the subject Complaint filed against defendants Estate of Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda R. Marcos, Imelda R. Marcos Manotoc, Irene R. Marcos Araneta, Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., and Constante Rubio is hereby dismissed,” the resolution penned by Fourth Division chair, Justice Alex Quiroz, reads. 

“Similarly, the respective counterclaims of the said defendants are dismissed for their failure to prove the same by preponderance of evidence,” it added.

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Marcos family in photo taken January 15, 1986 (Image source: ABS-CBN)

Associate Justices Maria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega and Maryann Corpus-Mañalac also agreed in the decision. 

In July, Associate Justice Zaldy Trespeses deliberately withdrawn from that case after the Marcoses attempted to remove him hearing the case. 

This forfeiture case is the fifth decision in 2019, wherein the Marcoses and their allies won four and lost one case. 

The Marcoses lost to the case where shares of their ‘cronies’ Jose Africa and Manuel Nieto Jr. of Eastern Telecommunications Phils Inc. were from the illegally collected assets of the Marcoses. 

Until now, the dominant family maintains innocence of not robbing the money of the public.

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