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