Protesters with placards gather during a protest at Luneta park, metro Manila, Philippines November 25, 2016, denouncing the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' cemetery) last week. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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A Philippine court threw out a high-profile, 32-year-old forfeiture case Monday involving the family of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, citing insufficient evidence to order the return of $3.9 billion of allegedly ill-gotten wealth.It has been referred to widely as the "mother" of cases in a three-decade effort by a special presidential panel to recover an estimated $10 billion allegedly siphoned off by Marcos and a family that had lived lavishly during his 20 years in power, 14 of which were ruled under martial law.The case lodged by the Presidential Commission on Good Government had sought the return of 200 billion pesos ($3.93 billion) it said was tied up in equities, numerous local and foreign banks and real estate at home and in the United States and United Kingdom.
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