Robredo: ‘Never too late’ for Marcoses to return all ill-gotten wealth

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday, August 30, that it's "not too late" for the Marcos family to return all their ill-gotten wealth to the government.

Robredo made the statement on Wednesday, August 30, when asked to comment on the announcement of President Rodrigo Duterte that an emissary of the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos said they were willing to return some of their wealth to the government.

‘Yung una siguro, ‘yung tanong: Is that an talagang merong ill-gotten wealth? Pangalawa, kung sincere, tingin ko dapat sana matagal na sana itong ginawa,” Robredo said in an interview with reporters in Baguio City.

(I think the question to ask first is: Is that an admission that there really is ill-gotten wealth? Secondly, if they were truly sincere, they should have done this a long time ago.) 

The Vice President welcomed the Marcoses’ plan because if would benefit Filipinos, but added that they should return all their ill-gotten wealth.

Nothing is too late dahil maraming Pilipinong nangangailangan….Kaya nakakalungkot man na ngayon lang ‘yung offer na pagbalik nito, pero parati pa rin welcome ‘yung pagbalik...kasi pag-aari ito ng bansa,” she said. 

(Nothing is too late because there are many Filipinos who need it….So even if it's disappointing that the offer to return the wealth was only made now, it's still welcome...because this belongs to the nation.) 

Saka kung may ibabalik...dapat lahat, lahat ng ill-gotten kailangan ibalik kasi pag-aari ito ng mga Pilipino (And if they are returning the wealth...they should return everything this belongs to the Filipinos)," she added.

Various estimates have put the Marcoses' ill-gotten wealth at between $5 billion and $10 billion.

Robredo, a staunch critic of the abuses under the Marcos regime, is facing an electoral protest filed against her by Marcos’ son and namesake, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. – 

Mara Cepeda

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