The Media make it look so bad for the Marcoses who allegedly delay the hearings for the human rights violation compensation. this amounts to 1.9 billion dollars or rounded off at $2 billion. The Marcoses’ plea is only for 30 days extension. Pnoy acts on it only after more than 8 years from the US court ruling.
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[VIDEO]: Senator Bongbong Marcos has taken the top spot in the recent vice presidential survey. But he continues to be hounded by Martial Law victims demanding compensation for the atrocities they endured under his father’s rule.
Damages are Paid
Win or lose, the Marcoses’ paid the damages, guilty or not. PCGG already has the funds from the sequestered wealth of the Marcoses. The Marcoses’ counsel team only asks for a bit of delay since they are still facing petitions against the late Marcos’ burial and Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against vice President Leni Robredo. The delay does not mean they don’t want to pay because they have paid long before the verdict.
$3.6 Billion in Cash is with the PCGG
The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) gets at least P170 billion (nearly $3.6 billion) in cash from the Swiss Bank deposits. Other luxury assets such as paintings and jewelries are the ones under the petition of Imelda Marcos to be returned. Those are not blocking any payment that should be under the control of the government.
Guilty before the Verdict
Once the hearings continue, discussions take time as well. PCGG still holds the wealth that should hold interests. What if the ruling overturns and finds the Marcoses innocent of Martial Law crimes and hold former President Fidel Ramos responsible instead? Will PCGG returns Marcos’ wealth?
Bongbong Marcos: Up to the Government
So, if the late Ferdinand Marcos is set free, can they charge the same amount to the real culprit if ever? Is this the reason why after 8 years of delay by the Aquinos’, the process is fast tracked to reach an immediate verdict and silenced the alleged Martial Law victims? Bongbong Marcos during the campaign period said that the payment of the compensation is the government’s discretion.