Sandiganbayan to decide on P1 billion Marcos civil case

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 03 2019 03:48 PM

Sandiganbayan to decide on P1 billion Marcos civil case 1
The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos (center) poses with members of his family on January 15, 1986, namely: his wife Imelda; eldest daughter Imee and her husband at the time, Tomas Manotoc (right); youngest daughter Irene and her husband Greggy Araneta (left); son Bongbong (behind Marcos); and Marcos' grandchildren Luis (on his lap), Alfonso (Irene's lap) and Borgy (left), carried by Ferdinand and Imelda's adopted daughter, Aimee. Malacañang handout/AFP

MANILA - The P1-billion civil suit the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) filed against late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda, and their cronies is already up for decision at the Sandiganbayan.

This comes after the anti-graft court denied the motion that Marcos' co-defendants - Bienvenido Tantoco Jr., Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., estate of Gliceria Tantoco and Dominador Santiago- filed asking the court to defer its ruling on the case.

"This case is now deemed submitted for decision," the court said in its resolution dated Nov. 9, 2018.

In seeking the suspension of the decision, the Marcos co-defendants argued that deciding on the case would create “confusion and conflicting decisions” as another case against the Marcoses supposedly involves the same legal issue and parties.

The court, however, explained that the cases are "totally unrelated" to each other.

Set up three decades ago, the PCGG is seeking to recover a total of P1.052 billion in alleged ill-gotten wealth, as well as P50 billion in moral damages and P1 billion in exemplary damages from the Marcoses.

In November last year, the Sandiganbayan found the Marcos matriarch guilty of 7 counts of graft for using her Cabinet position to maintain Swiss bank accounts during her husband's regime. She, however, was allowed to post bail while appealing the ruling.

Another civil suit against the Marcoses and their cronies amounting to P200 billion is also set to be decided by the anti-graft court.