MANILA - Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos on Thursday said the government may keep his family's alleged ill-gotten wealth - if it finds any.
“Kung meron kayong mahanap, inyo na,” Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, said in a media forum in Quezon City.
Marcos said his family has identified properties and assets that have been in their name before his father was elected President in 1965.
Since his father's ouster in 1986, he said his family had wanted to issue a quitclaim or formal renunciation of all other assets being linked to them.
"Kung tapat ang paniniwala ninyo na mayroon kaming itinatago, kung mayroon kayong mahanap, inyo na. It is called a quitclaim," Marcos said at the Kamuning Bakery's "Pandesal Forum."
The family, he added, signed a quitclaim with the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) in the 1990s, but it was rejected by then President Fidel V. Ramos.
The PCGG has recovered P170 billion or about $3.4 billion out of an estimated $10 billion of the Marcos family's alleged ill-gotten wealth, as well as jewelry, art and other assets.
In August, President Rodrigo Duterte said the Marcoses expressed willingness to return gold bars. The chief executive surmised that the family would only agree to turn them over if granted immunity from prosecution.
Asked about his family's supposed gold bars, Marcos merely said: "You have to ask the President, don't ask me."
Duterte is a known friend of the Marcos family, as his father Vicente served in the late strongman's pre-martial law cabinet. In November, he allowed Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani amid uproar of martial law victims and human rights groups.
He added that "nothing substantive" has been decided on his family's preliminary discussions with the administration.
Marcos added that he is not privy to talks between his sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and the President, as well as other “sporadic” talks on the issue.
Marcos went on to say that he does not need legal immunity because "I did not do anything wrong."
-- with a report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News