Malacañang is tight-lipped on the problem of whether or not the Marcos’ wealth is ill-gotten or not.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Monday (September four) mentioned President Rodrigo Duterte has already said that he accepts Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos’ explanation that her father amassed wealth from public coffers throughout his two-decade rule to guard the economic system.
“The President has said that he will accept however they explain it. So we’re not taking a stand regarding it. He is speaking like a lawyer and accepts what the other party is saying,” Abella mentioned in a press briefing.
“However, the final word will have to come from Congress,” he added.
Some estimates put the quantity of wealth stolen by the Marcoses all through the previous President’s two-decade rule at round $10 billion.
Abella urged Congress to provide Duterte authorization to barter with the Marcoses relating to the return of a few of their wealth however didn’t say extra particulars besides that “the President cannot just simply be acting on his own.”
Duterte’s spokesperson additionally failed to elucidate why Duterte will lead the negotiation with the Marcoses when the Presidential Commission on Good Government is tasked with recovering the household’s ill-gotten wealth.
“This is new ground, right? This is entirely new ground. So we need guidance,” Abella mentioned.