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Palace: No deal with Marcoses

 

ROQUE CITES EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE 

By Ted Tuvera and Angie M. Rosales

A deal to end the three-decade dispute over the Marcos wealth faces difficult legal issues and may not pull through under President Duterte, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said, as he cited the equal protection clause provision under the Constitution that prevents legislation exclusively for one individual or group.
A compromise deal between the government and the family of former President Ferdinand Marcos over their alleged ill-gotten wealth is legally unlikely, Roque added.
President Duterte, a political ally of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.’s children, said last year that the Marcos family had hinted offering a compromise with the government but he added that it needs Congress approval for it to materialize. However, Roque said it would be difficult to pass a law exclusively for the Marcoses.
Roque said creating a law specifically for the Marcos family will violate the equal protection clause under the Charter.

“The President made it clear that any deal with the Marcos family should have the approval of Congress because we have laws penalizing those guilty of plunder,” Roque, a former UP Law professor, said.
“But it would be a difficult task to legislate because we cannot simply pass a law exclusively for the Marcoses. It would violate our equal protection clause (in the) law,” he added.
The equal protection clause under Article 3, Section 1 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, states that all persons subject to legislation should be treated alike, under like circumstances and conditions, both in the privileges conferred and liabilities imposed.
The clause prohibits class legislation that discriminates against some and favors others.
Marcos loyalist lawyer Oliver Lozano wrote Malacañang a draft compromise but Roque said Malacañang has not acted on the proposal except from acknowledging that it was received.
Roque said Lozano’s document essentially proposed the”creation of a legal team that would study a compromise agreement with the Marcos family.”
Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, the namesake of the late president, said in a statement the Marcos family has not authorized Lozano to transact with the government.
“The Marcos family has no knowledge or information on that apparent exchange and service of document between Atty. Lozano and the office of Secretary Sal Panelo,” the former senator said.
“As a point of information, Atty. Oliver Lozano does not represent any member of the Marcos family or the estate of the late President Ferdinand Marcos,” he added.
Bongbong denies hand
in proposal
Bongbong’s counsel Vic Rodriguez also claimed the same, reiterating that Lozano does not represent any member of the Marcos family.
“Let me respond by saying in a very clear manner that the Marcos family has no knowledge or information of that apparent exchange and service of document between Lozano and the office of Secretary Sal (Panelo),” Rodriguez said.
Panelo, Mr. Duterte’s legal counsel, said his office received a draft from Lozano and as a matter of courtesy and policy, the Palace acknowledged receipt of the document.
Panelo: No action taken
“No action has been taken on Atty. Lozano’s proposal,” Panelo was quoted saying.
The World Bank-UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative has reported that strongman Marcos has siphoned an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion in his 21-year regime although there was no legal affirmation of the amount.
So far, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) claimed to have recovered $3.4 billion worth of Marcos assets in the last 30 years.
There are 248 cases queued by the government against the Marcoses and their alleged cronies in various courts. There are pending appeals before the Supreme Court.
There are 85 cases at the Sandiganbayan, 21 in Metropolitan Trial Courts, 41 in Regional Trial Courts, and 13 in Court of Appeals, respectively.
The top government lawyer during the term of former President Aquino called on the public to oppose a compromise deal between the Duterte administration and the Marcoses.
Florin Hilbay , who was appointed solicitor general by Aquino in 2015, said previous presidents had tried to make a compromise agreement with the Marcos family but were all met with public resistance.
“All non-Aquino presidents—Ramos, Estrada, GMA (Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)—tried to enter into a compromise agreement with the Marcoses and their billions,” he cited in his post on his Twitter account.
“All failed because Filipinos loudly resisted,” Hilbay pointed out. “We shouldn’t make Duterte an exception,” stressed the former Solicitor General.
Benjamin B. Pulta

 

3 comments

  • satotoolang

    Why waste time with the Aquino Family. They have done so much suffering to the people of the Philippines. Put them in jail as soon as possible.
    We need to move on and this time will have a much
    better year for our people as my group will do all we can to help Pres. Duterte towards the massive infrastructure of
    the entire country.

    Real Technology Transfer will be needed to upgrade the present Building Code specially towards Fire and Floods.
    The use of light building materials will help a lot as we are
    within the ring of fire ( Earthquakes)

    Both the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)
    and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines ( ASEP ) will play a major role to make sure
    that this time all will follow.

    satotoolang Wednesday, 03 January 2018 11:14 Comment Link
  • Architect Angelito Lingan Mallonga FUAP

    Why waste time with the Marcos Family. They have done so much suffering to the people of the Philippines.
    We need to move on and this time will have a much
    better year for our people as my group will do all we can to help Pres. Duterte towards the massive infrastructure of
    the entire country.

    Real Technology Transfer will be needed to upgrade the present Building Code specially towards Fire and Floods.
    The use of light building materials will help a lot as we are
    within the ring of fire ( Earthquakes)

    Both the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)
    and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines ( ASEP ) will play a major role to make sure
    that this time all will follow.

    Architect Angelito Lingan Mallonga FUAP Tuesday, 02 January 2018 22:32 Comment Link
  • Arthur

    Deal or no deal, who cares? It's high time all these issues against Marcos be put to closure. Because it's turning out that other presidents after Marcos were as corrupt if not more corrupt.

    Arthur Tuesday, 02 January 2018 22:13 Comment Link

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