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Philippines Attorneys Fees Disputed By Duterte Trigger SDNY Call Echoing Marcos and Aquino

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 16 – In 2014 a dispute about Philippines assets from the Marcos era was placed before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla. 

 On June 16, 2020 Judge Failla held a proceeding concerning two lawyers still seeking attorneys fees and payments from the Philippines government, now of Duterte. Inner City Press covered it.

Judge Failla asked former Philippines' counsel Ken Murphy and Salvador Tuy about fees they are requesting. She asked Murphy if it's the case, to use her football analogy, he didn't get the ball over the goal line.  

 Murphy replied, Only because I wasn't being paid... I worked a lot. I am asking for $580,000.  

  Tuy for his part said, They are claiming there is no issue about my fee. Back on May 9 I said, my retained with 7% was cleared all the way to Executive Secretary. 

Judge Failla: Is this the retainer agreement? 

Tuy: Yes. I feel I am owed $280,000. 

 Judge Failla: I may ask for that in writing. Please mute your phone. Mr Amatorio, your client the Philippines, what is their position? 

Amatoria: Under President Aquino, Mr Murphy got paid. But the current administration, no more.  The current administration, they are very stringent about hiring foreign counsel. 

Judge Failla: I don't want to order anyone there to violate Philippines law, and jeopardize their freedom. She said she'll get these lawyers a decision as soon as she can, noting the addressing motions for compassionate release take precedent. The Philippines will order the transcript, which will then automatically be sent to the Judge.

The case is District Attorney of New York County v. The Republic of the Philippines et al., 14-cv-890 (Failla). 


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