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By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

Malacañang yesterday said that President Duterte’s disclosure  of the intention of the Marcos family to return some of their wealth was done “in the spirit of transparency.”

President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo|Manila Bulletin)

Reacting to the President’s disclosure , a group of lawmakers calling   themselves the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (CARMMA), said Duterte had become “the spokesperson of the former first family.”

Duterte, in a speech Tuesday, said that the Marcos family, through a “spokesperson”, volunteered to return some of their wealth, including “a few gold bars” that the  family said could   be used to underwrite  Duterte’s priority programs.

“Not only has Duterte sponsored the official rehabilitation of the dictator, he now also facilitates the exemption of the Marcos heirs from accountability and punishment,” CARMMA said.”Now it can be told: President Duterte has become the spokesman and the negotiator for the Marcoses,” it added.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, the remarks of CARMMA missed the entire point of Duterte’s disclosure of the matter.

“PRRD disclosed  the issue of the Marcos wealth in his speech in the spirit of transparency,” Abella said in a statement Wednesday morning.

The Chief Executive has the best interests of the Filipinos in mind, which is, how our people would benefit from the recovery of the Marcos wealth,” he added.

Duterte, in his speech, also explained that the Marcos family allegedly kept the wealth supposedly because they were planning to return to Malacañang anyway.

“The only reason, they said, their father was protecting the wealth was  for the eventual (return) – if he is exiled. But he thought of regaining Malacañang and that is why it looks like they hid it,” the President said.

“I will accept the explanation, whether or not it is true. Wala na, eh. (There’s nothing more to it). And I am ready. How much, I will be giving an accounting,” he added.

According to CARMMA, Duterte’s statements were not acceptable specifically “both the terms of the supposed return of the ill-gotten wealth, as well as the explanation as to why the Marcoses plundered the economy and hid the loot”.

Former Bayan Muna Party list Representative Neri Colmenares said over Brigada News Wednesday morning that the return of the “questioned wealth does not mean that the Marcoses are not anymore accountable for what happened during the martial law.”

Colmenares said that the Marcoses should first admit to their mistakes after they had consistently proclaimed  that the family did not steal anything.

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