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Marcos’ Attorney Tries to Block Release Of Inventory Of Crates’ Contents

March 7, 1986

HONOLULU (AP) _ An attorney for former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos has asked a judge to block the government from revealing the contents of crates Marcos and his entourage brought with them from Manila.

A hearing on the request, made Thursday by Richard A. Hibey, Marcos’ attorney from Washington, was scheduled today before U.S. District Judge Harold Fong.

The U.S. attorney’s office had said it would release an inventory list today in connection with the Philippine government’s legal efforts to determine ownership of the contents of the crates. The 22 crates are being held by the U.S. Customs Service at Hickam Air Force Base, where Marcos and his party have been staying.

Hibey asked the court to keep the inventory list under seal, so only the court could release the information.

The crates reportedly contain more than $1 million in Philippine pesos, as well as jewelry, art works, real estate deeds and stock certificates.

A Marcos supporter in Hawaii said Thursday that an unauthorized move to seek U.S. citizenship for Marcos was rejected by those close to the exiled president.

″They’re not going to ask for citizenship,″ said Francisco Ugale, president of the United Filipino Council, a pro-Marcos Hawaiian group.

Ugale said a friend of Marcos had asked attorney James A. Stanton, president of the Hawaii chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, to see if the former president could qualify for citizenship under a law that grants eligibility to Filipinos who fought on the Allied side during World War II.

Ugale said the person, whom he would not identify, asked for Stanton’s aid without Marcos’ authorization. Stanton was unavailable at his office Thursday night, and his apartment telephone was out of order.

The move was rejected because Marcos would lose any claim to be the rightful leader of the Philippines if he were granted U.S. citizenship, Ugale said.

Philip Habib, the special envoy who was sent to Manila to confer with the new government there, left Hickam on a return flight to Washington on Thursday afternoon.

James Messner, a spokesman at Hickam, said Habib did not meet with Marcos during the 36-hour layover in Honolulu.

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