An anti-Marcos lawmaker reacts to an invitation of Ferdinand Marcos’ widow Imelda Marcos with disgust. The invite is to celebrate the late President’s 100th birthday anniversary at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sept 11. Netizens cannot fathom why most anti-Marcos are bitter to the dead. Just like VP Leni Robredo and the rest of the LP Senators or members.
“Yes, I did get an invite and puked on it!” said Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin. He opposed the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery in Taguig City. The “Magnificent Seven” congressman shows reporters a copy of his invitation from fellow Representative, Imelda Marcos. He makes a mockery out of it.
The invitation states that a Mass will be held at 9:30 in the morning of September 11. This is to be followed by a short program and lunch. Villarin even said that the Marcos family, who offers to cooperate in the turnover of the wealth for humanity to the government in exchange for immunity, is “enjoying their heyday.” Actually, the Marcoses have yet to decide on it as per the President’s wisdom.
The President’s Support
“With President’s blessings and absolution of their sins, including his push for their immunity from prosecution, the Marcoses are enjoying their heyday since they were booted out by people power,” he said. “While Duterte and Marcos party in the Libingan, the blood of thousands killed by both of them cry out for justice! The day of reckoning will come and history will judge harshly those who kill the truth and our own humanity,” Villarin ‘s mockery continued.
Ilocos Norte Holiday
The President also declared Marcos’ birthday as a holiday in his home province Ilocos Norte. The transfer of the late Marcos’ remains from Ilocos Norte to the LNMB happened as approved by the Supreme Court amidst the uproar from the alleged victims of human rights violations during martial law. Du30 clarifies that ex-President Marcos did the right thing to save the country as he faces the same accusations from Marcos’ detractors.
The wealth of humanity that most mainstream media refers to as stolen by the Marcoses cannot be retrieved by anyone without the long process in the Congress. The late President Ferdinand Marcos’ family cannot even benefit from it. They face great risk of being persecuted for the crime they did not commit. As a lawyer, President Du30 said that it is logical for the Marcos family to ask for immunity from such suits in exchange for the handover of the wealth to the government. But they didn’t so far.
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[VIDEO]: Pinayuhan ni Pangulong Duterte ang pamilya Marcos na humingi ng immunity kung magbabalik sila ng inaakalang nakaw na yaman.
Du30: If I am the Marcoses
Although Du30 said he will not advise the Marcoses anything, he said that it doesn’t make sense for them to return the wealth and end up in jail. “If I am the Marcoses, and I would return that wealth, it is logical to “ask for immunity.” Otherwise, keep the treasures because you might go to jail. If you give them immunity, fine. If you don’t give them immunity, fine. But they might not return any money. Then you’ll have to look to the ends of the earth to get them.
Not Asking for Immunity
However, the President clarifies that; “they did not ask any immunity.” ” I could not guarantee it also. I know that I’m not the proper authority to do that,” he added. Aside from the Congress, the Supreme Court also has the say. Therefore, the end result could not happen during his term.
Long Process in the Congress
The President makes sure that Congress will pass a law for the turnover to happen. “It’s a long process,” he said. “It does not belong to me. It was just a signal from the Marcoses they will bring back what the people are believing to be theirs.” The Marcos family also has the right to defend themselves that the wealth was not stolen by their patriarch or else they could have direct access to it.
Not PCGG-Like Recovery
Du30 clarifies that the wealth that the Marcoses plan to return is different from the Presidential Commission on Good Government or PCGG’s efforts. It is the government agency tasked to recover the billions of pesos allegedly plundered by the late President Ferdinand Marcos under the Aquino administration despite not being convicted. This is due to the strong legal evidence that is recognized worldwide. The Marcoses are confident that once the actual status is disclosed through a proceeding, the truth will set them free.
The fact that the Marcoses always win the plunder cases against them is the ultimate proof that the golden wealth is not ill-gotten. They are all documented and traded according to international laws. People who don’t know anything are the ones who made accusations against the Marcoses. It is also some kind of false hope that Filipinos can receive a cold cash share of those treasures. They are intended for long-term public service use that can surely benefit the country and the world in general.
The former first lady and now Rep. Imelda Marcos reiterates that the golden wealth labeled by his husband as the wealth for humanity is not ill-gotten. They are documented following the international trading laws at that time. This is why they always win the cases against them
The President also clarifies that in making the offer, the Marcoses were not admitting that the wealth being returned was stolen. “Imee Marcos did not announce that it had been stolen. But she said whatever was under suspicion should be discussed and that I accepted,” he said.
The President’s Plan
Du30 explains that he could not possibly decide on the offer because he was not authorized by a law to do so. “When the proceeding would begin, we should start with Congress. They represent the people,” he said. “There could be more wealth but we have to start with the Congress. You know, the Congress must authorize, then it should be the Central Bank governor and the secretary of finance who would then negotiate,” he added.
No Sole Power Over Wealth
The President has this to say; “A President cannot negotiate by himself. It has to be the law and the law must come from the Congress, not from me. I cannot say with finality that this should be the way. There are so many stages to undergo. If it’s an arbitration because it’s settlement, it should go under an arbitration proceeding. But the Congress must authorize because that is a money to be recovered by the government of the Republic of the Philippines and that was the offer,” he elaborated.
The President ignores rumors that the offer to hand over the wealth for humanity deposited by the late President Ferdinand Marcos is to aid Bongbong Marcos for his plan to run for president. He said that he talks to Gov. Imee Marcos and it’s up to the Congress to do the necessary steps as per the law.
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[VIDEO]: PHILIPPINES: IMELDA MARCOS SENATE HEARING
Imelda Marcos Begs the Senate to Look into Wealth
Youtube video by; AP Archive
[VIDEO]: PHILIPPINES: IMELDA MARCOS SENATE HEARING
It’s Not Only Now
The opposition asks as if they are ignorant why it’s only now that Imelda Marcos discloses the whereabouts of the gold reserves. As per the Senate video clip, Marcos pleads the Senators in the past to look into the said treasures as stated in her late husband’s Will and Testament. It is clearly stated in the will that the financial reserves are for the good of the Filipinos. They must be used for public services, infrastructure, healthcare, education, and more. They are not for individual distribution.
Gov. Imee Marcos’ Talk with the President
The President said when asked about backing Bongbong Marcos’ presidential bid; “I don’t care about that. In 5 years I will no longer be on the political scene.” He also confirmed that he discussed the offer with Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, not with her mother or brother.
“The Marcoses are ready to cooperate. I accept the explanation because there is no other explanation, I do not know anything, I cannot debate with them.”. It’s time that these things be settled,” the President added. I just accepted that they want to make arrangements with the government so the case would come to an end,” he said. The President also revealed that Gov. Marcos did not disclose if the wealth they have was ill-gotten. The proceedings should begin. They should start with Congress,” said Du30.
Bongbong Marcos thinks that the investigation at the Congress is merely motivated by politics. “It started off that way. I think it’s gone beyond that.” He and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos were also at the hearing. Governor Imee Marcos was with her legal counsel, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
Video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: The former senator and Ilocos Norte governor attend the hearing to support his sister, the incumbent governor of the province.
The Congress is Not the Right Venue
Former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. questions why the issue “ended up in the House” in the first place. “I am not sure why it ended up here in the House of Representatives. It’s a political conflict in Ilocos Norte that turned into a personal one,” said Marcos. He is also a former governor of the province. His sister, governor Imee Marcos is the subject of a probe into the alleged misuse of the funds to purchase motor vehicles.
Ilocos 6’s Opinions
Marcos is not alone in his opinion. “I think you can ask the Ilocos 6 what they think of that,” explained Marcos Jr., referring to provincial employees who had been detained by the House of Representatives in late May 2017 who just gave the best answers they possibly knew during the hearing.
Going Around in Circles
The hearing was initiated by Majority Speaker Rodolfo Fariñas, who represents the first district of the province. It is evident in the Congress hearing video that he is too emotional and personal to conduct such investigation. He can’t be fair when his reputation is also in the line. At one point, Gov. Marcos and he debated on using their names in local projects. He only escapes confrontation as he has the power to turn his wrath into the other members of the Ilocos 6.
Farinas approached and spoke briefly with Governor Marcos, Representative Marcos, and Enrile. Fariñas had his back on Marcos Jr., who stands a few seats away from his mother. The majority leader acted surprised as he bumped into the former Senator. Is Farinas’ grudge rooted from the brother and not the sister?