Solicitor General Jose Calida has expressed openness in arriving at a compromise deal with the household of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos concerning their ill-gotten wealth.
In an interview over CNN Philippines’ “The Source” Thursday (January 11), Calida mentioned he’ll contemplate a “fair” compromise settlement with the Marcoses.
“Well, lawyers who have been practicing for quite some time would rather have a compromise than have a litigation that will run for several decades as what happened in the PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government),” he mentioned.
“If there’s a fair compromise agreement and there are no laws that are broken, we will consider that. Because it’s better to have the cake rather than lose it,” Calida added.
Earlier this month, a draft compromise settlement ready by Marcos loyalist Oliver Lozano circulated on-line.
Under the draft, the Marcoses will “share” a sure share of their wealth with the federal government.
In return, the federal government will carry the chief order of sequestration and pending cases in opposition to the Marcoses will likely be disposed of.
The Marcoses are accused of amassing between $5 billion to $10 billion in ill-gotten wealth through the late strongman’s rule, which lasted over twenty years.
Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has denied the household had a hand in Lozano’s submission of the doc.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, in the meantime, mentioned his workplace has not taken any motion on Lozano’s draft proposal.