MANILA - A possible return of their alleged ill-gotten wealth to government will not absolve the Marcos family from their criminal liabilities, said a former senator who fought the family's three-decade-long rule.
Such an act would only settle the family's civil liabilities, said former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. Granting the Marcos family immunity in exchange for their wealth "will depend on the outcome of the negotiations," he said.
"Iyung pagsauli ng hidden wealth ng mga Marcoses, that will only cover the civil aspect of the cases. Under our law you can settle the civil aspects. Kapag criminal aspect na, ibang usapan na, depende sa pruweba," Pimentel told reporters in Malacañang.
(The return of the hidden wealth of the Marcoses, that will only cover the civil aspect of the cases. Under our law you can settle the civil aspects. The criminal aspect is different. It will depend on the evidence.)
"If isasauli nila ang pera and then there is a general amnesty plan for them, that can be done.”
(If they return the money and there is a general amnesty plan for them, that can be done.)
Duterte earlier said the Marcoses might not turn over their wealth without securing immunity, which is why he asked Congress to pass law that would provide for such. The proposal has drawn flak from critics of the government and Marcos family.
The President earlier revealed that Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos had told him that the late dictator took public money to “protect the economy.” He said he accepted this explanation.
“The return of the loot of the Marcoses must be done in order to assuage the people na meron ng (that there is a) certain degree of regret, even if not verbally expressed,” he said.
Some $3.4 billion of the estimated $10 billion in wealth of the Marcos family had been recovered by the Presidential Commission on Good Government.
The Duterte administration is planning to abolish the PCGG and is eyeing the creation of a new anti-graft agency in its place.