‘Marcos was a model of the politician as thief’
The title of this piece comes from an article by the British investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker Nicholas Davies, titled “The $10-bn question: what happened to the Marcos millions?” It was published in the Guardian on May 7, 2016, two days before the national elections in which Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. emerged a close runner-up to Vice President Leni G. Robredo.
With people still raging and protesting nationwide against the recent stealthy burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani of the “remains” of Ferdinand Marcos Sr., the facts carefully laid out by Davies deserve to be reviewed. He mainly gathered the data from the archives of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which since 1986 has been mandated to track down and recover the wealth stolen by Marcos and his cronies.
he $10-billion estimate of the loot accumulated by Marcos while in public office, Davies points out, came from the Philippine Supreme Court. (Despite this, the ponente of the court’s majority ruling that approved the Libingan burial, Justice Diosdado Peralta, deceptively characterized Marcos as “just a human who erred like us.”)