US court orders Marcos family to pay $353.6 million but Malacañang ignores it

Victims of human rights violations during the Marcos dictatorship have scored a victory in their long quest to get compensation from the Marcos estate.

A US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld on Oct. 24 a contempt judgment against Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., his mother Imelda and the estate of Ferdinand E. Marcos for violating an injunction that barred them from dissipating assets of the estate.

The judgment amounting to $353.6 million is believed to be the largest contempt award ever affirmed by an appellate court.

SOURCE: Marcoses lose US appeal. Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:19 AM October 29, 2012. Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
Malacañang rejected yesterday an order issued by a United States federal judge in Honolulu that directs the Philippine government to transfer $40 million of $684 million in ill-gotten wealth of the late President Ferdinand Marcos to an account set up for victims of human rights abuses during his 14-year authoritarian rule. 

SOURCE: Gov’t ignores US court order on Marcos wealth. Marichu A. Villanueva - July 15, 2004 - 12:00am. Read more at

The dictatorship of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos is historically remembered for its record of human rights abuses, particularly targeting political opponents, student activists, journalists, religious workers, farmers, and others who fought against the Marcos dictatorship. Based on the documentation of Amnesty International, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, and similar human rights monitoring entities, historians believe that the Marcos dictatorship was marked by 3,257 known extrajudicial killings, 35,000 documented tortures, 77 'disappeared', and 70,000 incarcerations. Some 2,520 of the 3,257 murder victims were tortured and mutilated before their bodies were dumped in various places for the public to discover - a tactic meant to sow fear among the public, which came to be known as "salvaging." Some bodies were even cannibalized.

Human rights abuses of the Marcos dictatorship.