Court to decide next on Marcos' P200-B ill-gotten wealth case

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2018 05:58 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2018 08:28 PM

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Former President 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 P200 billion civil suit filed by the Office of the Solicitor General against the Marcoses is already submitted for decision at the Sandiganbayan 4th Division, after the 5th Division convicted former first lady and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos of seven counts of graft last Friday.

Based on court records of the 4th Division, the camp of Rep. Marcos has already submitted its memorandum, the summary of their arguments, last July 31, 2018.

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The OSG has submitted their memorandum on May 8, 2018.

The P250 million civil case was filed by the OSG in 1987 and was amended for the third time in 1990.

In the amended complaint, the OSG had said the Marcoses illegally accumulated funds and other property estimated at P200 billion.

“Defendants have an obligation at law, independently of breach of trust and abuse of right and power, and as alternative, to solidarily return to plaintiff such funds and other property with which defendants, in gross evident bad faith, have unjustly enriched themselves or, in default thereof, restore to plaintiff the amount of such funds and the value of the other property including those which may have been wasted, and/or lost estimated at P200 billion with interest thereon from the date of unlawful acquisition,” the OSG had said.

Aside from Mrs. Marcos, the defendants in the case filed in 1987 include her husband, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos; their children Imee, Irene, Bongbong; in-laws Tomas Manotoc and Gregorio Arante III; Nemesio Co, Yeung Chun Kam, Yeung Chun Ho, Yeung Chun Fan, Imelda Cojuangco, Estate of Ramon Cojuangco.

The non-Marcos family members however were already dropped from the charge according to personnel of the 4th Division, with only Mrs. Marcos and her three children remaining in the case.

Also being asked by the OSG from the defendants are more than P200 billion damages “to reimburse expenses for the recovery of the defendants’ ill-gotten wealth reasonably estimated at P250 million pesos or in such amount as may be proven during the trial.”

PCGG is also seeking P50 billion in moral damages, P1 billion exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees, and “treble judicial costs.”

Aside from the P250 million civil case, there are other 22 pending civil cases against Mrs. Marcos in various divisions of the Sandiganbayan, based on records from the Judicial Records Division.

A check of criminal cases at the JRD also revealed that there are no other criminal cases pending against the former first lady, at the anti-graft court after her Friday conviction.