Duterte says Marcos family willing to return ‘some wealth in question’

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the family of former president Ferdinand Marcos is willing to open everything and return to the Philippine government some wealth in question, including a few gold bars.

The Marcoses -- I will not name the spokesman -- sabi nila na they'll open everything and probably return 'yung nakita lang, the President said during his speech after the mass oath-taking of newly-appointed government officials in MalacaAang.

Sabi nila na, 'malaki ang deficit mo sa maybe this year, ang projected deficit spending would be big,' sabi niya. Baka makatulong. Pero hindi ito malaki, Duterte narrated.

He said that the deal includes even some gold bars.

But we are ready to open and bring back, sabi niya, 'pati 'yung a few gold bars.' Hindi ganun kalaki, it's not a Fort Knox, it's just a few. But sabi nila, isauli nila para walang ano, Duterte said.

The President likewise said that an explanation was given by the Marcoses for the wealth in question and that he was accepting it.

And the only reason really was sabi nila, that the father was protecting the economy. Now, of course, the eventual kung maalis siya. But he was thought of regaining the MalacaAan and that is why ganito ang lumabas. Parang naitago, he said.

I will accept the explanation, whether or not it is true, wala na eh. And they are ready to return. How much, they would give me an accounting, Duterte said.

Duterte said he is now trying to look for a person not identified with any concerned party to handle the negotiations.

So I am now scouting around. I have yet to select the guy para walang duda. Baka sabihin na naman 'nag-hao-siao,' there is a back channeling, he said.

I'm looking at a former Chief Justice. Sila na lang mag-usap. Then another certified public accountant (CPA), and maybe a representative of all that is accepted also by all. Para So that tatlong tao 'yan, mag-usap sa kanila, Duterte said.

Source: Philippine News Agency