Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shrugged off questions by reporters on Tuesday about the bill that seeks to compensate victims of abuses under his father’s martial law regime with funds from the P10 billion recovered from ill-gotten wealth the family had allegedly stashed away in banks in Switzerland.
“Of course, it involved the Marcos family before and my father’s estate, but that no longer is the case. In all the cases between claimants, we no longer have a legal personality to those actions,” the namesake son of the dictator said in an ambush interview in the Senate.
The senator said the government was now responsible for assets seized from his family and how these should be disposed of.
“In all the cases between claimants, we no longer have a legal personality in those actions. We do not send lawyers, we do not appear as a party, so it’s between the claimants and the Philippine government now,” he said.
Marcos said he stayed away from discussions when the bill was being deliberated in the Senate. “I cannot be seen to be objective about the subject ever,” he said. Cathy C. Yamsuan