Duterte: Mar­cos fam­ily will­ing to re­turn ‘few gold bars’

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PRES­I­DENT Rodrigo Duterte re­vealed Tues­day that Mar­cos fam­ily is will­ing to re­turn a por­tion of the ill­got­ten wealth they amassed dur­ing the regime of the late dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos, in­clud­ing the “few gold bars.”

Duterte made the rev­e­la­tion in an im­promptu speech de­liv­ered be­fore the newlyap­pointed govern­ment of­fi­cials at the Palace’s Rizal Hall.

In his speech, the Pres­i­dent said the Mar­cos fam­ily ex­pressed will­ing­ness to “open ev­ery­thing and prob­a­bly re­turn” some of the hid­den wealth that had been dis­cov­ered by the Philip­pine govern­ment.

Duterte said the Mar­coses sought to give back a cou­ple of gold bars since the deficit spend­ing of the ad­min­is­tra­tion is pro­jected to be “big” in 2017.

He, how­ever, clar­i­fied that the prop­erty that would be re­turned is not the thou­sands of tons of gold bought by the late despot from Fort Knox.

“The Mar­coses – I will not name the spokesman – said that they’ll open ev­ery­thing and prob­a­bly re­turn those [ill-got­ten wealth] that had been dis­cov­ered. They said maybe this year, the pro­jected deficit spend­ing would be big,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“They said it might help, even if it’s just a few. [They also add], ‘We are ready to open and bring back [the hid­den wealth], in­clud­ing a few gold bars. It’s not that huge. It’s not a Fort Knox. [Just] a few,” he added.

Mar­cos and his fam­ily were ac­cused of loot­ing enor­mous

ex­pla­na­tion,” he added.

Mean­while, Duterte re­it­er­ated his plan to dis­man­tle the PCGG but how­ever changed his mind fol­low­ing the lat­est de­vel­op­ment.

The Pres­i­dent said he was in­stead scout­ing for at least three per­sons who can ne­go­ti­ate with the Mar­coses re­gard­ing their plan to re­turn the gold bars to the Philip­pine govern­ment.

He said he may pick me­di­a­tors who are “not iden­ti­fied with [him] nor iden­ti­fied with the other group.”

“I want to abol­ish it but the peo­ple might say that on the verge of dis­cov­er­ing some­thing, it has been dis­man­tled,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“Try­ing to look for a guy not iden­ti­fied with any­body to han­dle the ne­go­ti­a­tion, if they want. I’m look­ing at a for­mer Chief Jus­tice, then an­other CPA and maybe a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all that is ac­cepted also by all so that three in­di­vid­u­als can do the ne­go­ti­a­tion,” he added. SunS­tar Philip­pines

SPENT. An am­a­teur boxer is given the manda­tory count by a ref­eree dur­ing Sun­day’s am­a­teur box­ing in front of City Hall. The am­a­teur box­ing matches were one of the high­lights of the city fi­esta cel­e­bra­tion. (JOEY P. NACALABAN)

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