Imelda at Sandiganbayan vs No more criminal case ; 1 civil case near decision
The civil case seeks to recover P200 billion worth of alleged ill-gotten wealth filed against Imelda Marcos and children Imee, Bongbong and Irene, plus billions in damages
Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos’ recent conviction for 7 counts of graft concludes her criminal battle at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, but there remain 22 civil cases against the Marcoses and cronies with one up for decision.
Cases of anti-graft court
According to the updated list of the Sandiganbayan’s docket section, Imelda was charged for 28 criminal cases at the anti-graft court. She was convicted for two counts of graft in 1993 over anomalous contracts involving a lease between the Light Rail Transit Authority and the Philippine General Hospital Foundation Inc. But in 1998, the Supreme Court acquitted her.
Her 2nd conviction was the one handed down on Friday, November 9, for 7 counts of graft for illegally creating and maintaining private organizations in Switzerland while she held various government positions during the 20-year rule of her husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
A total of 19 criminal cases against her have been dismissed by the Sandiganbayan throughout the years.
One civil case near decision
As for the civil forfeiture cases, there remain 23 pending cases seeking to forfeit alleged ill-gotten wealth from the Marcoses and their cronies, with one nearing decision.
There used to be 43 civil cases but 19 have been dismissed, while one was archived.
In Civil Case No. 0002 filed in 1987, and amended in 1990, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) seeks to recover an estimated P200 billion* (US$3.8 billion) in ill-gotten wealth computed from the wealth that exceeded their lawful income as public officials.
“Defendants illegally accumulated funds and other property whose estimated value is P200 billion in violation of the laws of the Philippines and in breach of their official functions and fiduciary obligations,” said the PCGG.
Summary of evidence
The Sandiganbayan 4th Division said both the Marcoses and the PCGG have submitted their memoranda, or the summary of their evidence, which means it has been submitted for decision.
Civil Case No. 0002 was filed against spouses Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, their children Imee, Ferdinand Jr or Bongbong, and Irene; and Gregorio Ma. Araneta and Tomas Manotoc. The Court said on Monday, November 12, that Araneta and Manotoc have been dropped.
The administration needs the Marcoses “to repay costs for the recuperation of the litigants’ evil gotten riches sensibly evaluated at P250 million or in such sum as might be demonstrated amid the preliminary.”
The administration likewise needed to charge the Marcoses P50 billion in good harms, P1 billion in excellent harms and different costs as might be demonstrated amid preliminary.
The PCGG affirmed this is “sick gotten riches comprising of assets and other property which they, in unlawful show with each other, and with the dynamic cooperation of third people who are subject particle separate suits, had obtained and amassed in glaring break of trust and of their trustee commitments as open officers, with grave maltreatment of right and influence and in shameless infringement of the Constitution and laws of the Republic of the Philippines.”
On Monday, November 12, Marcos’ new legal counselor, previous Court of Appeals (CA) equity Manuel “Lolong” Lazaro recorded his entrance of appearance. Lazaro was Ferdinand Marcos’ administration corporate advice.
Lazaro has likewise documented a movement for leave of court to benefit of post-conviction cures, which was set for hearing on Friday, November 16.