THE Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (Carmma) condemned on Thursday, July 20, 2023, the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that affirmed the dismissal of ill-gotten wealth case against late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., his wife Imelda and their alleged dummies.
In a statement, Carmma said it is “deplorable” that cases against the Marcoses over their alleged ill-gotten wealth are being dismissed under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“Carmma condemns the emerging pattern and scheme under the current Marcos Jr. administration -- the numerous dismissals on the cases to recover the monies siphoned by the Marcoses from public funds and through the government bureaucracy, the replacement of former BIR chief Lilia Guillermo after she expressed publicly that all Filipinos including presidents and the Marcoses are accountable in ensuring the payment of estate taxes, the continuing non-payment of the long overdue estate taxes, the enactment of a law on the Maharlika Investment Fund which may eventually turn into a slush fund for corruption,” it said.
In a decision promulgated on March 29, the SC First Division said the Sandiganbayan “committed no reversible error” in its September 25, 2019 decision on the case against the Marcoses, Bienvenido Tantoco Jr., Dominador Santiago, Bienvenido Tantoco Jr., Gliceria Tantoco and Maria Lourdes Tantoco Pineda.
The case aims to recover real and personal properties and damages amounting to P1.05 billion.
In July 2022, the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division dismissed the state’s lawsuit seeking to recover P200 billion worth of assets and properties from the Marcoses while another similar case handled by the fifth division was also dismissed in February 2023.
In June, the Sandiganbayan also ordered the dismissal of the P600 million civil forfeiture case involving Imelda and President Marcos Jr., and their cronies.
According to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which filed the cases against the Marcoses, at least $6 billion worth of Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth have not been recovered, excluding the P203 billion estate tax left unpaid by the former first family.
“All these point to a disturbing picture of impunity and injustice in relation to the plundered wealth of the Marcoses and a grand heist being done in full view of the Filipino people to allow them to keep their loot and more opportunity to get their hands on the people’s money,” Carmma said.
“We at Carmma condemn these schemes and machinations. We demand the full return of the stolen funds by the Marcoses and that they be held fully accountable for the massive plunder and grave human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship,” it added. (SunStar Philippines)