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RAMOS FORBIDS MARCOS FROM LEAVING COUNTRY

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Philippine President Fidel Ramos on Saturday ordered officials to prevent former first lady Imelda Marcos from leaving the country and suspended talks with her on the transfer of $356 million from Switzerland.

A presidential spokes-woman said the orders were issued because the government discovered Marcos had attempted to withdraw the money last month through an authorized representative.The spokeswoman said that act proved Marcos' lack of sincerity in the talks to repatriate the amount, which the government says is part of billions of dollars she and her late husband allegedly looted from the nation during his 20-year rule.