HIGHLIGHT: Latest poll leader in the vice presidentiable race and administration bet Leni Robredo belies statement of rival Senator Bongbong Marcos in the COMELEC organized debate that the government is in charge of the recovery of ill-gotten wealth and not him, these money are the reparation to human rights victims during his father's term.
"I cannot give what I do not have," this was the statement of the former first presidential son in the debate held last Sunday, April 10, to repetitive questions of his rivals about their family's ill-gotten wealth.
Last Friday, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo disputed this and said that the US Supreme Court and Singapore court has ruled on the matter. The Marcos family appealed on US court which now puts in escrow to the Philippine National Bank money that were ruled ill-gotten in late Marcos' Swiss account.
As a matter of comparison, Robredo said that the younger Marcos should follow what Kim Wong did. The Chinese businessman tagged in the $81 million dollar Bangladesh bank heist returned almost 1/3 of the total amount which he said were handed to him as debt payments.
"Ang biro pa nga ng iba, buti pa daw si Kim Wong, binalik na yung pera kahit hindi kanya. Eh ito, nasa kanila yung pera, pero ayaw pa rin ibalik. Tapos ngayon, nangangarap na manilbihan para maging pangalawang pangulo ," (The joke of others were, Kim Wong was better, he returned the money that were not his. But this one (even when) the money is with them, they don't want to return them), Robredo said.
Robredo belied the senator's claim in last Sunday's vice-presidential debate that the Marcos family is no longer involved in the reparation case since it is already between the government and those who filed claims for human rights violations victims during the martial law.
She added, "Kasi yung records would show, PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) mismo na ang nagsabi, na sila mismo yung nag-file ng mga kaso kaya hindi ito ma-release kahit may judgment na yung U.S. Supreme Court saka yung Singapore Supreme Court."
(The records would show, PCGG itself said, they (Marcoses) filed the cases that's why the money can't be released even when there are decisions from U.S. Supreme court and Singapore Court.
The money deemed ill-gotten from Marcos Swiss account amounts to $5-10 billion. Former PCGG head and now COMELEC Chair said about $4 billion had been recovered.