The sum of $100,000 was returned lately by the US government to the Philippine government. The money which was allegedly part of the more than P300 million “ill-gotten” wealth of former military comptroller Carlos Garcia was handed by US Ambassador Harry K Thomas to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
“I am very pleased to present Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales with this check today, as a symbol of the continuing commitment of the United States to support President Aquino’s anti-corruption programs, and to ensure that stolen assets are returned to their rightful owners, in this case, the Government and people of the Philippines,” Thomas said.
Confiscated by the US immigration agents in November 2003 in San Francisco from Ian Carl and Juan Paolo, Garcia’s sons, the money was forfeited by the US government when the 2 sons of Garcia pleaded guilty to attempted smuggling.
The return of the money was in answer to the request of the Office of the Ombudsman in 2010 that it be returned under the US- Philippine Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.