By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Vice President Leni Robredo said that the court decisions here and abroad “stand as an obvious proof of the ill-gotten wealth amassed” by the Marcos family.
Issuing a statement, Robredo pointed to the rulings after President Duterte asserted that there is still no proof of such – despite numerous decisions in local and overseas cases – including from the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.
Robredo noted that the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 (R.A. 10368) states that the “reparation for the victims of Martial Law will come from some P10 billion that the Marcoses hid in Swiss banks—funds that were ordered to be transferred back to the Philippines.”
“Hindi totoo na walang proof, kasi marami nang kasong nadesisyunan, alam natin iyon,” Robredo said in an earlier interview with DYMD 93.7 Energy FM in Dumaguete City. “Marami nang kasong nadesisyunan, hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas, pero pati mga courts sa Switzerland at saka sa US, na mayroon nang judgment (It is not true that there is no proof because there were many cases, not only here in the Philippines but also by courts in Switzerland and in the US, and there were decisions on those),” she added.
Meanwhile, Catholic prelates – Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo and Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes— on Friday called President Duterte’s statement as an attempting to re-write the country’s history.
“That’s another attempt to re-write history. What about all those that have been recovered? Were they not ill-gotten?” said Pabillo in an interview.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos also scored the statement of the President. “That was a lame and pathetic excuse,” he said.
On Tuesday, Duterte said the accusations against the former first family have remained unproven.
He said this as he defended his decision to allow the burial of the late dictator at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (With a report from Leslie Aquino)