The Supreme Court or SC announces that they have forfeited former first lady Imelda Marcos’ jewelry collection. They left them behind at Malacañang when they left forcibly during the 1986 EDSA People Power revolution. On the same day, congressmen and congresswomen are surprised to find a small, red teddy bear on each table. It has “I love you” on it. It’s the former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos’ way to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14 with her colleagues in the senate.
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Congressman Abu acknowledged Marcos’ Valentine token by rising on a matter of personal and collective privilege. He promises it to be quick. He’s certain that he’s not the only one who wants to know where they come from. He then gives his thanks to Marcos for the “I love you” teddy bears. This shows that Marcos is not bitter over her jewelry because she has so much love and kindness to offer to mankind.
Deprived of Due Process
Petitioners fail to show that the properties are lawfully acquired. Who would keep receipts that long? Therefore, the presumption that they are unlawfully acquired remains. The SC also rejects the Marcoses’ claim that they are not given due process. This is based on the notion that no trial or hearing for them can prove that the jewelry collection is legally acquired. The high court agrees with the Sandiganbayan that “the forfeiture is justified and that the Malacañang Collection is subject to forfeiture.”
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno affirms the 2014 ruling of the Sandiganbayan that ordered the forfeiture of the 400-piece “Malacañang Collection” in favor of the government. This is through the efforts of the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG. The SC dismissed the petition filed by Mrs. Marcos and daughter Irene seeking reversal of the anti-graft court’s finding that the jewelry collection is ill-gotten. The collection is assessed at more than $150,000.
Imelda Marcos is Rich in Love and Kindness
The SC argues that the jewelry collection is beyond the means of the Marcos family, whose legitimate income is estimated at $304,372.43 from 1966 to 1986. They forget the fact that Imelda Marcos is once the 10th richest woman in the world. She is an international icon of beauty, love, and kindness. Therefore, a recipient of expensive gifts from the nobles and royals of the world. PCGG should get some “I Love You” Teddy Bears from Marcos to soften their hearts a bit and get ready when Bongbong Marcos assumes office.