MANILA - The family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos would not offer to return their alleged ill-gotten wealth without a political motive, a human rights lawyer claimed Thursday.
"Ano ba ang kapalit nito? Hindi gumagawa ng hakbang ang mga Marcos nang walang political reason in mind... This another political gimmickry," Atty. Rod Domingo Jr. told DZMM.
(What will this cost? The Marcoses do not make moves without a political reason in mind. This is another political gimmickry.)
Domingo said the Marcoses' offer to surrender their wealth should not stop the government from pursuing the 248 cases filed against them and their alleged cronies in various courts,
"Hindi iurong dapat ang paghahabla sa kanila... Iyung pagsasauli, pag-amin na e. Sapagkat 'pag sinabi mong isasauli, e di hindi sa iyo. Bakit mo isasauli kung ikaw ang tunay na may-ari?" he reasoned.
(The cases against them should not be dropped. Returning the money is already an admission of guilt because doing so mean that the funds were not yours. Why else would you return something that is rightfully yours?)
Domingo also questioned the timing of the offer, which comes as the country's political landscape heats up.
The lawyer noted that an impeachment case was recently filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, whose court is hearing several appeals against the Marcoses.
Some Cabinet officials, who were activists during the Marcos regime, were also recently rejected by the Commission on Appointments, said Domingo.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the Marcos family has expressed willingness to "open everything and hopefully return" some of their wealth, including several gold bars.