A Senatorial candidate vowed to go after the alleged ill-gotten amassed by the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos if elected to public office.
During the CNN Philippines’ Senatorial Forum on Sunday, Labor Party Philippines bet Melchor Chavez said he will pursue an investigation on the issue, if given the chance to serve in the upper chamber.
“‘Yung mga pera na inilagak ni Marcos sa iba’t ibang bansa, hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin natin alam kung saan. Hindi man nagnanakaw si Marcos doon sa lupa natin, pero doon sa gold, nawawala na, nasaan na?” Chavez said during the forum.
[Translation: The wealth and money placed by Marcos into different countries, until now, we still don’t know where they are. Marcos may not have stolen in our lands, but our gold (resources), they are still missing, where are they?]
“Sa tingin ko, ito nalang ang dapat nating imbestigahan kung tayo ay manalo sa Senado, meron tayong aspeto na imbestigahan natin itong mga ito,” he added.
[Translation: In my opinion, this is what we need to investigate if we win a seat in the Senate, we have an aspect to look into this.]
The Marcoses and their cronies have an estimated $10 billion or around ₱530 billion supposedly stolen from government coffers. The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) — which is tasked to collect the stolen wealth — has only recovered ₱171.359 billion from 1986 to 2017.
The government has 255 pending civil, criminal and administrative cases before the Supreme Court, Sandiganbayan, Court of Appeals and other lower courts as part of efforts to recover ill-gotten wealth.
President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech in February raised doubts on the family’s ill-gotten wealth, saying the allegations were still unsubstantiated.