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Sandiganbayan throws out P1B civil case vs Marcoses

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Sandiganbayan has dismissed a P1-billion civil case against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and former first lady Imelda.

The anti-graft court said the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) failed to present sufficient evidence against the Marcoses.

The PCGG alleged that the Marcoses used some cronies as dummies for their benefit.

Former Marcos administration official Bienvenido Tantoco allegedly “acquired assets, funds, and other property grossly and manifestly disproportionate to his salaries, lawful income and income from legitimately acquired property” through the Tourist Duty Free Shops Incorporated (TDFS) and its chairman Dominador Santiago.

The PCGG said Tantoco and Santiago asked for favors from the Marcoses to get spaces in international airports and tax exemptions in exchange for “personal assets such as expensive works of arts, clothes, and jewelry.”

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