GOVT TO MARCOSES: APOLOGY BEFORE COMPROMISE  

Manila, Feb. 25, 2003 -- The PCGG yesterday said that for a compromise agreement with the Marcos family or any of the alleged Marcos cronies to materialize, a public apology must be made to the Filipino people for the acts that they committed during the Marcos regime.

Ruben Carranza Jr., PCGG co-commissioner for legal affairs, said that talks of a compromise agreement do not only involve monetary talks.

"Any settlement to be discussed, it has to deal first with the Filipino people. There should be a public apology by the Marcos family. Hindi ito pera-pera lang," he said during a press conference at the PCGG by the four commissioners. Chairperson Haydee Yorac was not present as she was still advised by doctors to rest. She is expected to return on Friday.

PCGG Commissioner William Dichoso said that for any compromise with either the Marcoses or their cronies to be successful, it should "have good faith and is reasonable."

"We are open to a compromise. We like to see reasonable proposals," he said. (Francis Cueto, Malaya)


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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