Sandiganbayan maintains it would rule on Marcos’ P1-billion civil case

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 08 2019 04:02 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 2nd Division has maintained that it would rule on the P1.052-billion civil suit that the Presidential Commission on Good Government filed against the Marcos family and their cronies over alleged ill-gotten wealth during the regime of their patriarch, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. 

In a resolution promulgated on January 31, the anti-graft court denied the motion for reconsideration filed by respondents Bienvenido Tantoco Jr., Bienvenido Tantoco Sr., the estate of Gliceria Tantoco, and Dominador Santiago as they were not able to present new arguments to defer the promulgation.

The court has yet to set a date for the release of its decision. 

The defendants had argued that the civil case should not be decided pending a separate civil case involving the same parties as it would cause confusion. 

The court, however, reiterated that the two cases are unrelated, based on a Supreme Court decision.

“Since the case has already been submitted for decision as early as April 14, 2010, and that the defendants filed their memorandum on June 7, 2010, while the plaintiff filed its memorandum on August 2, 2010, the court deems it proper to resolve the instant case,” the court said.

The resolution was penned by Associate Justice Michael Frederick Musngi, with the concurrence of Associate Justice Oscar Herrera Jr., the division chairperson, and Associate Justice Lorifel Pahimna.

The anti-graft court had said in its resolution dated November 9, 2018 that the case was already deemed submitted for decision after both parties submitted their respective memoranda.

Aside from P1.052 billion in alleged ill-gotten wealth during the Marcos dictatorship, the PCGG is also seeking P50 billion in moral damages and P1 billion in exemplary damages from the Marcoses.