President Duterte stated at this time (Tuesday, August 29) that the heirs of Ferdinand Marcos had provided to return a few of the family’s ill-gotten wealth, together with “a few gold bars”.
Marcos and his spouse Imelda had been accused of plundering about $10 billion from the state throughout their twenty years in energy.
President Duterte, a Marcos ally, stated final month that he could abolish a government company that has recovered some 170 billion pesos ($three.four billion) from the family.
However, talking at a swearing-in ceremony for government officers at this time, the president stated: “They (the Marcos family) told me they’ll open everything, and probably return what is uncovered.”
He didn’t identify the Marcos family member who had approached him, the full being provided nor any phrases hooked up to it.
The family member had apparently instructed the president “we are ready to open and bring (it) back … including a few gold bars”. He added that the quantity concerned was “not Fort Knox”.
The president stated he would settle for the provide and was trying to appoint anyone to negotiate with the family.
The announcement is just the newest growth within the outstanding political comeback of the Marcos clan.
Since the dictator’s death in Hawaii exile in 1989, his widow Imelda has received a seat within the House of Representatives, their daughter Imee is governor of Ilocos Norte and their son Ferdinand, or ‘BongBong’, has presidential ambitions.
Family good friend
Duterte has brazenly supported the Marcos family, cheering on BongBong in his failed bid for the vice-presidency final 12 months.
The Marcos family is thought to be grooming him for the presidency as effectively, and the son is difficult the results of the vice-presidential vote in court docket in a struggle that might put him within the nation’s second-highest workplace.
President Duterte surprised the nation final November by permitting the physique of the late dictator to be buried within the national “Heroes’ Cemetery” regardless of a widespread outcry.
Imelda, the widow of Marcos, denies the family’s wealth is ill-gotten and at occasions has stated her late husband recovered the so-called Yamashita Treasure that was looted by the Japanese from throughout Southeast Asia.
“I will accept the explanation whether or not it is true, it does not matter,” the president stated at this time.
What was vital, he stated, is it will be “something that really works for the Filipinos”.