THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has refuted claims of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., saying his family abided with the court’s decision in corruption cases filed against them.
The PCGG, in a statement on Monday, noted that it has been receiving favorable decisions in cases that have been pending in various courts for decades, among which are the Arelma case involving $45 million forfeited in favor of the government, the Alfonso Lim case where Marcos cronies were proven to have abused their logging concessions and the ruling adverse to Fe Roa Gimenez, who was a close aid of former First Lady and now representative of Ilocos Norte province Imelda Romualdez Marcos.
Just recently, Sen. Marcos claimed non-involvement in the cases filed by the government against him and his family.
“However, this is belied by court records which show his involvement, where in some, he is even the signatory of the verification and certification portions, effectively the part of the pleadings where the complainant or defendant claims the veracity of what is being filed in court and swears to the truth of his statement before a notary,” PCGG Chairman Richard Amurao said.
“In fact, the Marcos family has been active in appealing to the Supreme Court various decisions which were ruled against them,” Amurao added.
“It would be untrue to claim that his family has stopped participating in said court cases.
For instance, in the Sandiganbayan decision in the case of Arelma promulgated on April 2, 2009, forfeiting in favor of the Republic Arelma funds, now valued at around $42 million, Sen. Marcos and his mother, hastily filed two separate petitions before the Supreme Court.
Instances such as these debunk the senator’s continuous denial of his knowledge of the actions being undertaken by his lawyers,” Amurao noted.
On January 13, 2014, the Sandiganbayan promulgated a Partial Summary Judgment declaring the Malacanang Jewelry Collection as ill-gotten and forfeited the same in favor of the Republic.
Amurao said the Marcoses filed several motions for reconsideration of the decision.
“Upon denial of the motions, they elevated the case to the Supreme Court,” he added.
“Similarly, on September 29, 2014, when the Sandiganbayan issued a Writ of Attachment against the million-dollar paintings that were still in the possession of the Marcoses and which form part of their ill-gotten wealth, the Marcoses immediately filed separate motions against the writ. Upon denial, the Marcoses elevated the matter to the SC through a Petition for Certiorari in 2015,” Amurao said.
He added that across several cases filed against the Marcoses, it appears that the family is still well represented and that these cases are being actively litigated by their counsel.
Despite facing high caliber lawyers from the Marcos end, the PCGG chief said the commission, together with the Office of the Solicitor General, the people’s tribunal which has represented PCGG in its fight against corruption, will continue to perform its mandate, so that any ill gotten wealth shall be returned to where it properly belongs, the government coffers.
Amurao also noted that indeed, even after decades, through PCGG’s continued perseverance, step by step, favorable decisions resolving ill-gotten wealth cases are being recently promulgated by higher courts and the Sandiganbayan, an affirmation that indeed, wrongdoings will be rectified if the government does not falter in performing its mandate.
According to the 2013 estimate of the Supreme Court on the Marcos wealth, the then-influential family legally had a total income of P16.4 million from 1965 to 1984, implying that whatever assets they obtained on top of that would have to be questionable.
That figure ballooned some 28 years after 1984 when Imelda Marcos reported a net worth of P922 million.
Senator Marcos declared a net worth of P437 million in 2013, as reported in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth .
The PCGG said it had recovered $4 billion in the last 30 years, including the $780 million Swiss accounts, of which Sen. Marcos, his mother, and his sisters were claiming ownership.
The PCGG, the agency tasked to recover the ill-gotten wealth of President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies, had said that an estimated $6 billion in ill-gotten wealth remained hidden.
Last year, the PCGG had sought the help of auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s to examine the 600 pieces of jewelry that were seized after President Marcos was overthrown in 1986.
The commission was also still sequestering almost 200 pieces of valuable artworks from the Marcoses.