Sandiganbayan deletes Marcos crony estate in civil forfeiture case


The Sandiganbayan ordered the deletion of the name of the late Marcos crony Roberto S. Benedicto in one of the civil forfeiture cases involving the Marcoses pending before the anti-graft court. The court's second division granted the manifestation and motion filed by the administrator of interstate estate of Roberto S. Benedicto through their counsel last August 31, 2018. Benedicto was one of the cronies of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who controlled various banks, print and broadcast companies and shipping companies after the declaration of martial law. It was cited in the motion that on November 3, 1990, the Presidential Commission on Good Government and Benedicto entered into a compromise agreement wherein it was agreed that Benedicto and/or his nominees will be dropped from the case. "Wherefore, the name of Roberto S. Benedicto is hereby dropped as party-defendant in the above-titled case pursuant to the Compromise Agreement approved by this Court on November 3, 1990," the court said. The resolution of the court, penned by Associate Justice Lorifel Pahimna with the concurrence of Division Chairperson Oscar Herrera and Associate Justice Michael Frederick Musngi, was promulgated on November 5, 2018.