Palace denies compromise deal reached with Marcoses

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2018 10:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 02 2018 12:08 AM

Malacañang denied Monday that it has entered into a compromise agreement with the Marcoses for the return of a portion of their allegedly ill-gotten wealth, as proposed by a lawyer known to be loyal to the family. 

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo confirmed Monday that lawyer Oliver Lozano, a Marcos loyalist, recently submitted to the Palace a draft proposal for the return of a part of the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth to the government. But no agreement has been reached on this, Panelo said. 

"The document was sent to the office by Atty. Oliver Lozano. Our office as a matter of courtesy and policy acknowledges receipt of any letter coming from any citizen. No action has been taken on Atty. Lozano's proposal,” Panelo said in a text message.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. also denied that a compromise deal has been reached already between the government and Marcoses.

Civic leader Gang Badoy on Monday posted on her Facebook page a supposed copy of the compromise agreement between the government and the Marcoses.

A supposed response of Panelo to Lozano dated July 31, 2017 reads: “We shall further study your suggestions.”

Panelo, however, stressed that the response was merely to acknowledge the receipt of Lozano’s proposal.

“He wrote our office and attached that draft proposal. He has been submitting a lot of proposals and suggestions. Our office just acknowledges receipt of the same and thank him for his suggestions,” Panelo said.

President Rodrigo Duterte, a friend of the Marcoses, had himself raised the possibility of striking a deal with the family for the return of a portion of their ill-gotten wealth.

The President, however, said Congress’ approval is needed for the deal to push through. He also said the Marcoses would not return the wealth without immunity.