SC affirms dismissal of P1.05B ill-gotten wealth case vs Marcoses

MANILA. Former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and wife, Imelda. (File photos)
MANILA. Former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and wife, Imelda. (File photos)

THE Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the ruling of the Sandiganbayan dismissing a P1.05 billion ill-gotten wealth case against late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., his wife Imelda and five other respondents.

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 former President was substituted by his heirs including his wife, and children Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos-Araneta while Gliceria was substituted by Santiago.

“While it is truly disappointing that nothing has come of this case despite the lapse of 36 spent in litigation, the Court agrees with the Sandiganbayan that petitioner’s evidence is insufficient to support the allegations of its expanded complaint by preponderance of evidence,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Ricardo Rosario.

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