Exiled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos told reporters Thursday he was surprised by reports that federal prosecutors were seeking Justice Department approval to indict him for fraud and racketeering.

"I am worried," Marcos told reporters at his hillside Honolulu home. "I could not sleep for one whole night when I learned about it.

"Probably you would not only be worried, you would be desperate," Marcos said. "I was desperate, because all along I thought this thing was over."

Prosecutors in New York have reportedly asked the Justice Department for approval to indict Marcos and his wife Imelda on racketeering and fraud charges, NBC News reported Wednesday.