Wala pang solian! Imee confident Duterte will end Marcoses’ plunderer tag even if wealth isn’t returned
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos has denied there are already negotiations between her family and the government to return some of the ill-gotten wealth amassed by her father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Imee on Thursday (August 31) said lawyers are handling the matter regarding the supposed offer made by an emissary of her family to President Rodrigo Duterte to return a portion of their wealth.
She, however, said her family is hopeful Duterte will “end” the cases that have been dragging on against them for years.
“Wala pa, wala pa. Tiwala kami sa President na sya ang makakapgtapos ng deka-dekadang kaso at yung pamilya nag-uusap pa. Pero nasa kamay ng mga abogado,” Imee told reporters at the sidelines of the hearing on the Ilocos Norte provincial government’s alleged misuse of tobacco excise tax funds.
Asked if her family has any intent to return some of the ill-gotten wealth that her father amassed, Imee said: “Pag-usapan na lang ng mga abogado.”
She was likewise mum about her mother, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos’ supposed admission that they have around 7,000 tons’ worth of gold bars.
“I think it’s bets that the lawyer respond to all these queries,” Imee said.
Duterte in Monday (August 29) said an emissary of the Marcos family talked to him about giving back some of their wealth, including a few gold bars, so he could fund vital government projects.
During his two-decade rule beginning 1965, former President Marcos was believed to have illegally stashed away between $5 billion to $10 billion through bank accounts in the country and overseas, and via cronies and dummies.
Several cases have been filed before the Marcoses over the late dictator’s ill-gotten wealth but no member of the family has been convicted.