Manila: The children of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos did not conspire or collaborate with their parents in the accumulation of P200-billion worth of ill-gotten wealth that the government is trying to recover, his son-in-law’s lawyer said.

In a statement, Robert Sison, lawyer of businessman Gregorio Ma. Araneta III, clarified the pronouncements of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and Supreme Court (SC) spokesman Theodore Te that Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and Irene Marcos remain liable in the suit as heirs of the deposed dictator, who died in 1989.

The Marcos children’s lack of participation in any illegal act does not remove the character of the property as ill-gotten and, therefore, as rightfully belonging to the state, the high court had ruled.