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Calida calls Robredo a liar: Confused ka ‘teh?

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Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday (April 16) has called Vice President Leni Robredo a liar for accusing him of lawyering for the family of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

“Her statements are outright lies. She must be confused,” he said in a statement.

Robredo made the accusations after the OSG and Department of Justice (DOJ) rejected the proposed settlement made by a New York court being grossly disadvantageous to the government and illegal under Philippine laws.

Calida disclosed that under the settlement the Philippines would only get $4 million from the settlement.

Apart from this, the New York court also required the Philippine government grant immunity and the drop the charges Vilma Bautista, the personal secretary of former Firstyt Lady Imelda Marcos.

“How in the world can you say that is fair or just?” stressed Calida.

The Solicitor General said the government cannot grant immunity to Bautista since she is “a principal defendant in a case currently pending before the Sandiganbayan.”

“The authority of the PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) to grant such immunity is limited only to a witness who can provide material and relevant information or testify against a defendant in an ill-gotten wealth case,” he explained..

“Even the human rights claimants will get the wrong end of the deal in the case,” he added.

Calida said the claimants’ legal counsel, lawyer Robert Swift, has sought a hefty $4.125 million in attorney’s fees out of the $13.75 million, while, the rest would be divided among the 6,500 claimants who will receive a measly $1,500 each.

“Her (Robredo) statements demean and belittle the work the OSG and its lawyers have been doing for decades to recover ill-gotten wealth,” Calida said.

“We have always been committed to advancing the interests of the Republic, and we will continue to do so,” he stated

Even before he became solicitor general, Calida said the OSG maintained that “cases of ill-gotten wealth should be litigated before the Sandiganbayan, and not before the US courts.”

He explained allowing the Philippines to participate in the US case would mean waiving its sovereign immunity.

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