- The Washington Times - Friday, May 14, 2010

PHILIPPINES

Marcos won’t yield on family’s wealth

LAOAG | Former first lady Imelda Marcos, newly elected to the Philippines’ Congress, vowed Thursday never to compromise with the government in the battle for her family’s allegedly ill-gotten wealth.

The widow of deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos said she would be willing to discuss the wealth, but would not bargain on dividing the assets.

“I don’t want a compromise, a settlement or a plea bargain because it looks like there is a bit of guilt there, and I am not guilty,” the 80-year-old widow said as she showed journalists around a local hotel she helped develop.

She was reacting to calls by a government wealth-recovery agency for a settlement with the Marcos family over the assets and money they are said to have stolen from the state during the 20 years Ferdinand Marcos was in power.

While no exact figure is known, the agency has previously said it could be as much as $3 billion.

KYRGYZSTAN

Protesters seize regional offices

BISHKEK | Opponents of Kyrgyzstan’s interim rulers stormed several regional government headquarters Thursday, threatening the delicate peace that has reigned since the violent overthrow of the president last month.

Provisional authorities are struggling to restore control over the entire country, particularly the former southern stronghold of deposed President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was ousted April 7 amid violent clashes between government troops and demonstrators that left at least 85 people dead.

If the protests once again spread to the capital, Bishkek, it could threaten the stability of the Central Asian nation, which is of strategic concern to Washington and Moscow - both have military bases in Kyrgyzstan.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the governor’s office in the city of Osh to demand the return of former Gov. Mamasadyk Bakirov, a Bakiyev loyalist who lost his post after the revolt.

Eyewitnesses said that after several minor scuffles broke out between supporters and opponents of the interim government, a crowd of around 500 people barged into the building and installed Mr. Bakirov in the governor’s office.

AFGHANISTAN

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