Marcos artworks forfeiture case to be decided soon but OSG buys more time

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 11 2019 06:53 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan Special 1st Division is expected to rule partially on Civil Case No. 0141 or the forfeiture of ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family particularly on their artworks, including those done by French masters which were sold recently in New York.

In an order of the anti-graft court dated January 9, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) was given 30 days or until February 8, to file its formal offer of evidence, while another 30 days was given to the Marcoses for the filing of their comments.

“Upon expiration of the said period, the motion for partial summary judgment will be deemed submitted for resolution,” the court said in the order signed by First Division Chairperson Efren de la Cruz and Associate Justices Alex Quiroz and Oscar Herrera.

The OSG, however, filed a motion before the anti-graft court on February 8 requesting for an extension of 20 days or until February 28.

The OSG noted in the motion that they were aware it was already past their deadline.

“However, due to heavy pressure of work and the fact that the undersigned state solicitors is burdened with preparations of equally important pleadings, additional time is needed within which to file the required formal offer,” the OSG, led by Assistant Solicitor General John Emmanuel Madamba, said in the motion.

The motion comes after the minute resolution of the anti-graft court dated January 30, 2019 which noted the manifestation of the OSG that there was a meeting between them and the Presidential Commission on Good Government on the recent sale of three of the ill-gotten paintings that are the subject of the case.

The court noted in the resolution that PCGG Commissioner Rey Bulay informed the OSG that Claude Monet’s L’Eglise et La Seine a Vetheuil, Alfred Sisley’s Langland Bay, and Albert Marquet’s Le Cypres de Djenan Sidi Said were sold in an auction at Christie’s in New York.

It was also noted in the resolution of the court that the OSG had no prior knowledge of the sale and that documentation is still forthcoming.

“In the same manifestation, the OSG apologizes to the court and undertakes to provide information as they become available,” the court said in the resolution signed by Justices de la Cruz, Quiroz and Herrera.