Marcos family's offer is an admission of guilt, lawyer says

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Posted at Aug 31 2017 03:01 AM

A human rights lawyer believes the Marcos family's offer to return portion of their hidden wealth is an admission of guilt.

Atty. Rod Domingo Jr. finds it intriguing that the Marcoses are offering to return gold bars and a portion of their supposed hidden wealth.

"Bakit ka magsasauli, 'di pag-amin na ito na ikaw ay tunay na nagnakaw. Ano pa ang implikasyon nito, bakit ka magsasauli? Do you think any person na may salapi ngayon, mamimigay sa Filipino people? Hindi kapani-paniwala 'yan, kahit na sabihin mong anong bait pa ng mga Marcos, which they are trying to portray na hindi naman totoo," Domingo told DZMM. 

Domingo also added that if the offer is indeed true, he hopes the victims of human rights violations during the martial law period will also get their share.

"Ang nakaka...parang nakakaintriga, magsasauli sila ng pera. Magbayad muna sila ng dapat nilang bayaran. At kung hindi man, isama man lang kami. Kami'y magse-settle na rin kung magkano man ang reasonable na ating mga utang sa mga biktima. 'Yun ang amin ditong hinihintay," he said.

Domingo, likewise, said, the victims are willing to settle, as long as the Marcoses offer compensation.

"Mag-usap na lang kamo, makipag-usap sila ng mapayapa at 'wag na nilang nilalabanan ng lahat ng technicalities, inilalaban nila hanggang Court of Appeals," he said.

"Mababawasan siguro ang sakit ng damdamin ng mga biktima kung sila ay magbabayad man lang," he added.

Duterte on Tuesday said the Marcos family has expressed willingness to return gold bars and a portion of their supposed hidden wealth. 

Duterte did not identify the Marcos family spokesperson or disclose the worth of the wealth that will be returned.

The Marcos family's emissary allegedly claimed the gold bars and wealth were only kept as former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was trying to secure the Philippine economy.

If there will be a global settlement, Domingo said the victims will no longer pursue their cases against the Marcoses.

"Kung nagkaroon ng global settlement ang tawag namin diyan, sa buong mundo, titigil na kami. Bayad na eh," he explained.

According to Domingo, what the Marcoses owe the government is different from what they owe the victims.

"Separate 'yun. Maaring magbayad sila, magsauli sila sa gobyerno, hindi sila magbayad sa amin. Okay lang 'yun, eh talagang ayaw nila. Pwede namang magsettle sila sa victims, hindi sila magbigay sa gobyerno, pwede rin 'yun. Nasa sa kanila 'yun. Pero kung ako, settle na nila pareho," he said.