Judge Gives Aquino Government Control Of Marcos-Linked Estate
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A state judge Thursday gave the Philippines government control over a 13 1/ 2 -acre estate that was linked to deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos and suspiciously stripped of most of its contents.
The Philippines government also began steps to seek the deportation of Orlando C. Dulay, a former Philippines Army colonel, provincial governor and Marcos supporter who authorities said escaped from his homeland where he is wanted in connection with several murders and election fraud.
Dulay was found on the property Tuesday, removing trash bags from the garage.
Since March, the property occupied by Marcos’ daughter, Imee, when she attended Princeton University during the 1970s has been under a judge’s order forbidding its sale and the removal of any contents until he can determine whether it was purchased with money Marcos allegedly stole from his country.
In light of the discovery of Dulay on the property and the apparent removal of furniture, paintings, crystal chandeliers and other items, Superior Court Judge Judith Yaskin authorized the government of President Corazon C. Aquino to secure the property and change the locks.
The judge said there had apparently been a violation of Superior Court Judge Paul G. Levy’s March order freezing the status of the property until the dispute over its ownership could be resolved.
During a hearing Thursday, the judge granted an order sought by Clive Cummis, an attorney for the Aquino government, to compel Dulay to submit to questioning under oath and to appear in court to explain why he should not be held in contempt of the court’s March order.
Dulay declined to attend the hearing voluntarily and said he wanted to be accompanied by a lawyer when he appears, Ms. Yaskin said.
The judge also granted Cummis’ request to take the sworn statements of two men who Dulay said directed him to clean up the property at Marcos’ request.
Dulay originally told authorities that the men, Lee Dicker and Bob Steele, were attorneys. After police found out they were not lawyers, he identified them as ″Vietnam combat buddies,″ the judge said.
Dulay is a retired constabulary officer, former assemblyman and former governor of Quirino Province suspected of being involved in several murders and accused of trying to manipulate the last presidential election in the Philippines, authorities said.
″I already telexed (Manila) to cancel his Philippines passport. Once the passport is canceled, at that point he’s deportable,″ said Francisco Rodrigo, counsel general at the Philippines consulate in New York City.
Secret Service agents from New York questioned Dulay on Thursday morning when he returned to the estate to pick up some personal belongings, said township Police Capt. Nicholas Loveless.