Imee says family trusts Duterte to end protracted cases; Palace stresses president no Marcos spokesman

Image from Imee Marcos' Facebook account
  • Ilocos Norte governor mum on family’s reported offer to ill-gotten wealth
  • She however said they trust president to end decades-long cases
  • Palace denied Duterte acting as Marcos spokesman, said he was just being transparent

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos remained tight-lipped on her family’s reported offer to return ill-gotten wealth back to the government even as she said they trust President Rodrigo Duterte to end the decades-long cases against them.

“Wala pa, wala pa. Tiwala kami sa President na sya ang makakapagtapos ng deka-dekadang kaso,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying. “Yung pamilya nag-uusap pa. Pero nasa kamay ng mga abogado.”

[None yet. We trust that the President can end the decades-long case, and our family is still discussing it, but it’s in the hands of our lawyers.]

“Hindi ko alam [I don’t know yet], I think it’s best that the lawyer respond to all these queries. Thank you,” she added.

Duterte earlier revealed that he had been approached by a representative from the Marcos family who said that they were willing return the wealth accumulated during the time of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

The recovered wealth, he elaborated, would then be used to fund his administration’s various infrastructure programs.

The president’s revelation has earned mixed reactions; with critics accusing him of acting as a spokesman and negotiator for the Marcoses.

However, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella denied this; saying his critics are missing the point and that Duterte was just being transparent.

“PRRD disclosed about the issue of the Marcos wealth in his speech in the spirit of transparency,” he said. “The Chief Executive has the best interests of the Filipinos in mind, which is, how our people would benefit from the recovery of the Marcos wealth.”