OSG defends dropping of settlement deal with Marcoses

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The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Monday defended the government’s move dropping the settlement agreement with the Marcoses that could have paved the way for the distribution of $20-million seized assets in the United States to victims of human rights abuses during martial law.

In a statement, the OSG instead confirmed that it would rather pursue its claim against recovered properties of the Marcoses in cases pending before the Sandiganbayan.

The OSG stressed the decision to drop the deal, and go after the Marcoses’ assets which were litigated by the anti-graft court instead, was approved by the Department of Justice and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

A case conference was held last March 11 by lawyers from DOJ, PCGG and OSG, and they “unanimously agreed that, in the best interest of the Republic, it will no longer enter into the settlement agreement,” according to the OSG.

“PCGG was tasked to inform the New York District Court of the matter through a letter dated March 16, 2019,” the OSG stressed.

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