Palace: Sandiganbayan decision junking P267-million forfeiture case vs former President Marcos, others must be respected, obeyed

(Eagle News)–The Sandiganbayan decision to junk the P267-million ill-gotten wealth case against former President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda should be respected and obeyed, the Palace said.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the executive never interferes in the courts after all.

“The rule of law must always prevail in courts regardless of who are the parties,” he said.

The Sandiganbayan  dismissed the forfeiture case filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government also against alleged Marcos cronies Fe and Ignacio  Gimenez for lack of evidence.

The Sandiganbayan said the prosecution  failed to submit original copies of documentary evidence.

It added that the photocopied exhibits the PCGG submitted were almost unreadable.

The “defects in the pieces of evidence that were presented by the Republic prevent it from successfully pursuing the present civil forfeiture case,” the anti-graft court said.