The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan recently ordered the Royal Traders Holding Co. Inc to pay the Philippine government around P1 billion in Marcos ill-gotten wealth.
But who are the people behind Royal Traders, and how would the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) start collecting that money?
Royal Traders, previously Traders Royal Bank, was a bank controlled by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and and the late crony Roberto Benedicto, but the bank sold shares to a foreign bank which the PCGG said was still a dubious way to just hide money. The Sandiganbayan denied the cause of action against this foreign bank.
So, where to find that money, and all the other loot? How has the PCGG been doing it, and what remained as the challenges althroughout these years?
Law of Duterte Land Podcast talks to international lawyer Ruben Carranza who was PCGG commissioner from 2001 to 2004. Carranza was involved in the landmark 2003 ruling where the Supreme Court declared as ill-gotten $658 million worth of Marcos Swiss deposits.
For past podcast episodes:
- Episode 1 Part 1: Supreme Court’s most controversial decisions
- Episode 1 Part 2: Department of Justice’s evolving definition of warrantless arrests
- Episode 2: The rule of law in the time of the coronavirus
- Episode 3: Pandemic and the great wall of free speech
- Episode 4: Will petition to disclose Duterte health work?
- Episode 5: Legal difficulties of a prisoner mass release
- Episode 6: Breaking down the ABS-CBN franchise legal and political issues
- Episode 7: ABS-CBN and the 3 tangled branches of government
- Episode 8: Are extraordinary writs still effective in the time of Duterte?
- Episode 9: Dissecting anti-terror bill and threats to freedoms
- Episode 10: The problems with the Cybercrime Law
- Episode 11: Can we trust the gov’t panel probing drug war deaths?
- Episode 12: Why press freedom is legally protected
- Episode 13: What is People’s Initiative and will it work for ABS-CBN?
- Episode 14: The new push for death penalty
- Episode 15: A State of terror
- Episode 16: GCTA’s thorn – Do bad men deserve good things?
- Episode 17: Policies beyond body count of Duterte’s drug war
- Episode 18: Can we really bring Xi Jinping to the ICC?
- Episode 19: Philippine courts and the death of baby River
- Episode 20: Deep dive into anti-terror law IRR
- Episode 21: Supreme Court and the SALN challenge
- Episode 22: Where PH stands in fight for climate justice
- Episode 23: How to legally fight red-tagging
- Episode 24: Hope for the Rule of Law with Dino de Leon
- Episode 25: Summary of anti-terror law petitions
- Episode 26: May it please the Court – the anti-terror law orals
- Episode 27: Investigating Duterte’s drug war using hard data
- Episode 28: Your Honors, they are killing lawyers
- Episode 29: Choosing who sits on the Bench
- Episode 30: Lugaw, RA 11332, and common sense policy
- Episode 31: Understanding electoral protests
- Episode 32: Captain Ri and all the president’s men
- Episode 33: The law of NTF-ELCAC
- Episode 34: Lawyering under threat
- Episode 35: Duterte’s ICC prospects
- Episode 36: Plunderers and how to get them
- Episode 37: Can Duterte run for VP?
- Episode 38: ICC hopes alive in Supreme Court ‘loss’
- Episode 39: If justice favors the state
- Episode 40: ICC probes drug war. What happens now?
- Episode 41: Memory law of Marcosian atrocities to #neverforget
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