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Sandiganbayan orders Marcos cronies’ assets surrendered

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The Sandiganbayan ordered the registry of deed offices of Rizal, Tagaytay and Cagayan to transfer to the government ownership of seven properties allegedly ill-gotten by the Marcoses and their allies, or cronies.


The properties were under the name of known Marcos associate the late Alfonso Lim and his family’s company, Taggat Industries Inc. despite a 2015 court ruling that these belong to the state. The ruling ordered the turnover of the properties – which had a total appraised value of P511.12 million as of 2006 – to the government.


In a resolution released on Nov. 26, the court’s Second Division approved a motion for execution filed by the Office of the Solicitor General on Jan. 15 last year, which sought to enforce the 2015 ruling.


Earlier, the Sandiganbayan had ordered Lim and Taggat Industries Inc. to submit their comments on the OSG’s motion in 10 days. But no replies were filed despite records showing that counsel for Lim and Taggat Industries, lawyers Benjamin Santos and Reynald Suarez, had received copies of the solicitor general’s motion and the court order.


These properties were sought previously by the Presidential Commission on Good Government to be awarded to the state through a forfeiture case the body filed in 1987 against the Marcoses and their cronies.

Photo: PNA


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