PCGG continuing efforts to recover Marcos wealth: Palace

Katrina Camille Pena of the Presidential Commission on Good Government shows the pink diamond jewelry believed to be the most precious of the Marcos family jewelry collection, retrieved from Hawaii. Occasion was appraisal of the precious stones and gems now under the custody of the PCGG. JAIL JACINTO/NorthboundPH

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday assured that the government is not slowing down on its efforts to recover billions worth of ill-gotten wealth stolen from the country by former president and strongman Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies.

“Efforts to recover any ill-gotten wealth continue through the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG),” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press statement.

Roque said human rights victims have also been given compensation through the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB).

Moreover, he said the government will continue to find ways and means “to effect closure for all victims of abuses that occurred during that period of martial law.”

Roque made this remark after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, the late dictator’s daughter, urged her family’s critics to “move on.”

The Ilocos Norte governor stressed the need to move forward because the conflict between the Marcoses and the Aquinos had “happened a long time ago.”

She made this remark during the 35th death anniversary of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., a staunch critic of Marcos. Aquino’s assassination inspired the People Power Revolution.

“We understand that Governor Imee Marcos is addressing the critics of her family,” Roque said.

“As far as we are concerned, the Duterte administration is willing to work with all groups for the benefit of the people,” he added.

Roque emphasized that Duterte has “opened the doors” to everyone — regardless of affiliation and ideology — to “unite the country.”

Duterte, who previously described Marcos as the country’s best president, is a known friend of the Marcos family.

He granted the late president’s burial with full military honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Nov. 18, 2016 despite protests.

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