Sandiganbayan junks P200-billion forfeiture case vs former President Marcos, others

(Eagle News)–A Sandiganbayan division has junked a P200-billion forfeiture case against the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos, the latest in a string of losses in so far as cases filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) are concerned.

In junking the  case filed against the former President, his widow Imelda Marcos, his children Senator Imee Marcos, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Irene Marcos and Constante Rubio, a close associate of the former president, the fourth division cited lack of sufficient evidence.

“The bulk of the documentary evidence offered by the plaintiff are mere photocopies, most of which are barely readable,” the Sandiganbayan said.

The case stemmed from 1987 charges the Marcos family amassed wealth from the government’s coffers in the form of artworks and jewelry, among others, through Rubio.

This latest junking of the Sandiganbayan of a forfeiture case filed by the government is the fourth time in recent months that the Marcoses have won an ill-gotten wealth related case.

The last civil case against the Marcoses that was dismissed by the Sandiganbayan happened in October.

This was when the Sandiganbayan dismissed the ₱267.37 million civil case filed by the Presidential Commission on Good Government against alleged Marcos cronies Fe and Ignacio Gimenez for lack of evidence.

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

Malacanang has said then that it does not interfere in such cases, and advised all concerned to respect the court’s decision.