Imelda asked to testify vs Lucio Tan


Posted at May 27 2008 11:21 PM | Updated as of May 28 2008 07:21 AM

The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has asked former First Lady Imelda Marcos to appear before the Sandiganbayan and testify in an ill-gotten wealth case against business magnate Lucio Tan.

The PCGG has called on Mrs. Marcos to appear before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on June 3, 2008 at 2 p.m.

She was earlier summoned to attend the March 10 hearing. However, the subpoena was sent to her old residential address in San Juan City.

The former first lady is now reportedly living in Makati City.

Also invited to appear at the Sandiganbayan were former Philippine National Bank president Panfilo Domingo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.

They were ordered to bring documents that were supposed to prove the government’s claim over a combined 60 percent of nine of Tan’s businesses.

Included among the companies being contested are: Fortune Tobacco Corp., Asia Brewery Inc., Allied Banking Corp., Foremost Farms, Himmel Industries Inc., Grandspan Development Corp., Silangan Holdings Inc., Dominium Realty and Construction Corp. and Shareholdings Inc.

Among the papers being sought from Romulo are stock certificates and blank deeds supposedly executed by dummy stockholders in favor of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

Prosecutor Catalino Generillo said Mrs. Marcos will corroborate the testimony of her son, Ilocos Norte Cong. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who claimed that his father and Tan were business associates.

Like Bongbong, Generillo said Mrs. Marcos will be presented as a hostile or adverse witness since she is also among the defendants in the case against Tan.