She was interviewed on the sidelines of the House of Representatives’ probe into the alleged anomalous use of the Ilocos Norte provincial government’s share in the tobacco excise fund.
She said President Rodrigo Duterte, who announced that the family is open to returning the wealth and gold, has the full trust of the family to end the forfeiture proceedings and criminal cases filed against the family.
Asked about negotiations, Marcos said: “Wala pa, wala pa. Tiwala kami sa President na sya ang makakapagtapos ng deka-dekadang kaso.”
“Yung pamilya nag-uusap pa. Pero nasa kamay ng mga abogado,” she added.
Asked about the supposed 7,000 tons of gold her mother wanted to return to the government according to Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza, Marcos said she had no knowledge of the fabled Marcos gold.
“Hindi ko alam, I think it’s best that the lawyer respond to all these queries. Thank you,” Marcos said.
In a press briefing Wednesday Atienza said Imelda, known for her extravagant lifestyle and collection of shoes when she was First Lady during the two-decade Marcos regime, once told him she wanted to return as much as 7,000 tons of gold.
When they were both sponsors in a wedding sometimes in the 2000s when he was mayor, Atienza said Marcos confided in him that she was willing to return 7,000 tons of gold deposited in different parts of the world so that the country could pay off its foreign debt, which ballooned during the two-decade dictatorship.
Atienza quoted Marcos as saying: “I’ll liberate the nation from foreign debt.”
“Narinig ko directly from Congresswoman Imelda Marcos when I was a mayor. Sabi niya, gusto ko ibalik yung gold dito at ibigay sa gobyerno yan. Para mabawi ang utang ng bansa natin,” Atienza said in a press briefing at the House of Representatives.
“Sabi ko, why don’t you do it? Sabi niya, humahadlang ang isang super power,” Atienza added.
He did not name the super power allegedly blocking the release of the Marcos gold.
Atienza revealed this conversation with the Iron Butterfly following President Duterte’s statement that the Marcos family is willing to return the Marcos wealth and gold.
In his speech on Tuesday, Duterte said that according to the Marcos family the wealth appeared to be hidden because their father was “protecting the economy.”