Sandiganbayan junks ill-gotten wealth case vs. the Marcoses

Sandiganbayan junks ill-gotten wealth case vs. the Marcoses

- Another ill-gotten wealth case against the Marcoses was junked by the Sandiganbayan

- The case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence

- It was in connection with several real estate properties, jewelry, cash, etc.

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The Philippine government has lost another ill-gotten wealth case against the late President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

KAMI learned that the Sandiganbayan Second Division dismissed the P1.052-billion worth case due to insufficient evidence.

In a report by the GMA News Online (author Llanesca T. Panti), the case was in connection with the shares of stocks in 19 companies, jewelry, notes, loans, mortgages, motor vehicles, Cessna aircraft, and the Tantoco clan’s 11 real estate properties in the country, Hawaii, and Rome.

"Nothing on record shows, and petitioner itself makes no claim, that the exhibits fall under any of the exceptions to the Best Evidence rule," it said in the ruling.

"Secondary evidence of the contents of writings, [on the other hand], is admitted on the theory that the original cannot be produced by the party who offers the evidence within a reasonable time by the exercise of reasonable diligence,” it added.

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According to the report by CNN Philippines, the case had insufficient evidence because the counsel did not show up, only four witnesses were presented, and some documents were denied for noncompliance.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the anti-graft court of Sandiganbayan junked the P102-billion forfeiture case against the Marcoses.

Born on September 11, 1917, Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. served as the 10th President of the Philippines. He ruled the country from 1965 until 1986. In 1972, he declared martial law.

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