Philippines set to quit Marcos wealth chase

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Former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines is to wind down a near-30-year hunt for the embezzled wealth of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, with more than half the supposed $10 billion fortune still missing, the man in charge of the search said.

With Marcos’ widow and children back in positions of political power, and the government tightening its belt, the cost of the pursuit has become prohibitive, said Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

“It has become a law of diminishing returns at this point,” Bautista told Agence France-Presse in an interview at the commission’s offices, a now rundown building where Marcos’ oldest daughter Imee used to hold office.

“It’s been 26 years and people you are after are back in power. At some point, you just have to say, ‘We’ve done our best’, and that’s that. It is really difficult.

“In order now to be able to get these monies back, you need to spend a lot.”

Bautista, 48, left a high-paying corporate job two years ago to answer a call to help the government of President Benigno Aquino, who promised to end corruption and uplift the lives of millions of poor Filipinos.

He and like-minded young lawyers who joined the agency soon found out that reforming the under-funded commission — itself prone to corruption — while at the same time going after powerful people, was no easy task.

Despite numerous criminal and civil cases being filed against them, none of the Marcos heirs or their cronies, who have been accused of plundering government coffers, have so far been successfully prosecuted, while high-powered lawyers have been used to tie up the judicial process for years on end.

Long-term chronic mishandling of the commission led to an unmanageable paper trail and evidence went missing that led to bitter losses in litigation, Bautista said.

“These accusations (against the commission officials) are not without basis. They were the ones in charge of guarding the chicken coop and some of them helped themselves to the eggs,” he said, refusing to name names.

The president’s late mother and democracy icon, Corazon Aquino, replaced Marcos after a bloodless people power revolt ended his 20-year regime in 1986 and sent him and his family into US exile.

She made it her first priority to create the commission, tasked with recovering all of Marcos’s wealth. Conservative estimates put the worth of assets and funds looted from government coffers at $10 billion.

But before she left office she allowed Marcos’s flamboyant widow, Imelda — known for her thousands of pairs of shoes — and their son and two daughters to return home.

And over the past two decades the Marcoses have regained and consolidated their political base.

Marcos’s son and namesake, Ferdinand Marcos Junior, is a senator who has hinted at contesting the presidency in the 2016 elections.

Imelda is expected to run for a second term in the House of Representatives in May 2013, while her daughter Imee, governor of the family’s Ilocos Norte provincial bailiwick, is also widely thought to want a second term.

“There is still a lot of mystery surrounding the fabled wealth, and my sense is there is still much more out there,” Bautista said.

“Our problem now is that everyone is back in power. That does not in any way make our job any simpler.”

Since its creation, the agency has recovered 164 billion pesos (about $4 billion), some invested in prime New York real estate, jewellery, and about $600 million stashed in secret numbered Swiss bank accounts.

The jewellery, including a 150 carat giant Burmese ruby and diamond tiara, is locked in a vault at the central bank, and at one point the international auction house Christie’s estimated it could fetch up to $8.5 million.

More recently Bautista worked closely with the New York district attorney’s office to charge a former personal secretary of Imelda and two others over a conspiracy to sell a Monet painting that had been bought by the family.

Marcos, an astute art buyer, distributed the priceless collection of at least 300 artworks to cronies when his regime was about to crumble. Only half have been recovered so far and the rest are missing, Bautista said.

The official said he had recommended to President Benigno Aquino that the commission wind down its operations, and transfer its work to the justice department.

If Aquino agrees he would have to get parliament to pass a law abolishing the agency.

“They (the Marcos family) have the resources to go head-to-head with us in respect to litigation. Why do you think forfeiture cases are still languishing 26 years after?” Bautista said.

The agency’s annual budget of less than 100 million pesos was only enough to pay its staff of about 200, many of them young lawyers who turned down high paying jobs elsewhere, he added.

“It’s a lonely job. It doesn’t win you any friends.”

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  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Corruption within the corruption. 
    I don’t think this country can get out of deep hole of corruption.

    Nuke this country.

  • wawa2172

    PCGG quits looking for Marcos wealth. Where is the more than $10B dollars still missing? No evidence? Time for Imelda and family to file damage suits against those who besmirched their good name (ugh!!!). Sino kaya ang pweding mademanda? ah si Noy as proxy of Cory who put up the useless PCGG , si Tandang Salonga na walang nakolekta nuong time nya, the past and current PCGG officials for harassment, the Inquirer who published number of alleged ill gotten wealth that were not found. Oh well, sa tagal-tagal nang panahon wala ni isa sa Marcos family ang nakulong. I am sure na mas malaki pa ang na dambong nang mga ito kay GMA. Well after Cory and Noy na walang nagawa..cases on ill gotten wealth against Marcoses will  dismiss at wala nang kaso. What the F#$K!!!!!

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    defeatist attitude…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BKLYYQHJYTAUWZU3Y3VZNS7OQQ Juan

    Viva Marcos! Crime pays! The bad guy wins! Elect Madam to Malacanang so she can resume her husband’s plundering ways. Meantime, keep re-electing da junior to the Senate, maybe sis Imee, too. Then to Malacanang later. Then Martial Law again…Wow, only in da Philippines, sadly.
     . 

  • Pok2

    Tumanggap yan kaya ganyan.

  • Pok2

    Wala ng pag asa ang Pilipinas. A Nation of THIEVES.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BKLYYQHJYTAUWZU3Y3VZNS7OQQ Juan

    Anak, mag-aral kang mabuti para maging isa kang matinik na abogado’t ipagtanggol mo ang mga 
    kawatan sa gobyerno at ipakulong ang mga sinungaling na taong katulad ni Cory, Salonga, at 
    Ninoy. Magpaalila ka sa mga taong yumaman sa puwesto at talikuran mo ang mangmang na masa.

  • novaliches

    ang kumita yung din mga commissioners. yun dapat ang idemanda. asan ba si Kim Henares.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERN64IINJUN3BPQMZNKKHUHFI4 Critical

    It’s an admission of incompetence and lack of commitment.

  • LegalJustice

    Unless you are doing it all by yourself like a lone ranger then you won’t succeed. If you are working on your on there is a possibility that you can be paid or bribed.

    You are a good example of – A Bad Example.

    The job has to be done not by a single person – in the U.S. there is a lot of counter part and different agents involved on these kind of cases and you will never divulge what is the development of the case until you already accomplish the mission – period no interview.

    You are giving the future crooks a hope that if they have the Marcos style and tactics they will be able to  succeed in hiding there hidden wealth – then corruption will never end in this country.

    You are like telling GMA you can do it too just follow the Marcoses style.

    If you are tired you should be replaced then somebody can still continue the job- for nobody is indispensable.

    You should learn from those Israeli Sleuth who is tenaciously tracking down until now those criminals who killed a lot of Jews during Hollocaust.

    Tell your Boss or Superior that you cannot do the job anymore that you are tired and burned-out.

    • avmphil

      You are talking about the Marcos’ loot and it seems the ‘search’ is about to be given up, after more than two decades of in-house and round-the-world scrutiny. It makes sense. Why bleed more of the taxpayer money than to gain less. As to your comparison to follow the Israeli Sleuths, than the Hacienda Luisita charade would have been solved a long time ago. And you know as well as I: the reasons.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Not to worry.

      This is just a strategy. Abandon short term gain for long term victory.

      Quit Marcos wealth chase = Win support of solid North for LP

      When LP in power and Mar our reigning president, will resume chase.

      Not to worry.

      • AnastacioMamaril

        Kiss my a$$!

      • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

        Ambaho ng a$$ mo eh.

      • AnastacioMamaril

        So shut up muret mabolang bolang bugok!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Some of the unaccounted for loot are in the hands of cronies. GMA did better in this campaign since she was able to recover billions which were channeled to the Agrarian Reform Program. Pnoy cannot do it as some of the cronies are close to him.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Our Beloved President PNoy’s Vision of Tighter Unity = Transcend differences & unite

  • AnastacioMamaril

    We are a laughing stock to other countries.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      If we stop laughing at ourselves, we’ll be less ridiculed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNWCMVMPABEZBCMA36S7FJAKQM orchid

    Don’t ever stop going after the loot of the Marcoses and their cronies. These people are criminals and should not be allowed to rest easy until their very last breath.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Quit Marcos wealth chase = Win support of Ilocandia for LP

      When Mar Roxas in power = Resume chase

      Nothing wrong with abandoning short term gain for long term victory which is greater objective.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

        Maniwala ako sa iyo, kung hindi ko alam Araneta/Rojas klan ang napangasawa ng dalawang Marcos. 

      • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

        Masyadong malikot ang pag-iisip mo.

  • boi skater

    Evil, greed, money, corruption, incompetence and lawlessness WON. All the accused are now back in power. Witnesses, commission members and judges were bought with Marcos’ money. Is there hope for this country?

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Marcoses back in power = enough popularity to get them elected

      Our Beloved President PNoy’s vision = Time to transcend differences and tightly unite

      Pragmatism wins the day.

  • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

    In 2013, quit Marcos wealth chase   =   Win support of not-so-solid Ilocandia North for LP
    In 2016, allow Marcos hero’s burial  =   Win support of solidified Ilocandia North for Mar Roxas

    We love Ninoy the Superhero Almighty and Blessed Mama Cory. We thank them for sending us their only begotten son our beloved President PNoy. Through our dear leader PNoy, all Filipinos will enjoy inclusive economic growth and join the ranks of the global middle class. Through our dear leader PNoy, all Filipinos will be more tightly united and become less regionalistic. This is the time to unite all Filipinos. This is the time to solidify the not-so-solid North and get them to support LP. Haydee Yorac, who is nodding in her grave, surely agrees with our beloved President PNoy. Joker Arroyo, who has one foot in the grave, will surely agree with our beloved President PNoy. This is the time for all Filipinos from Honolulu to Laoag to celebrate and embrace our dear leader PNoy.

    Sa Daang Matuwid, wala kang talo. Go with the flow. Go with Daang Matuwid.

    and may I humbly suggest:
    vote straight LP in 2013
    Ninoy 2.0 = Bam Aquino

    • beatmanny

      we pray to the Small Lady who came down from heaven to aid us mortals to have the LP win 2013 elections. and may the downplaying of St. Noynoy’s blunders continue with the help of oligarch medias and lastly we pray that any small achievements of our dear leader be overblown again so that people will perceive our Dear Leader as competent one. 

      • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

        If you’re prayers are sincere and not sarcastic, it will be felt by heaven.

  • kilawon(the return)

    WOW are you surprised? welcome to the land of impunity ,where Filipinos got by the balls by this political clans!

  • Weya S.

    well that sucks… corruption really is cultural and corrupts the core that is why there has been no significant strides in eliminating it… with the corrupt entrenched in every fiber of our society…

    • Weya S.

      it really is very very disappointing that these people who were clearly corrupt is now back in power through honest elections… it really is very sad that WE have not learned our lessons… I mean it is just so fuc|<ing stupid

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IKT4PWUFECTS72XCX6K25EPJXE tong-its

        It’s a sad reality. We are to be blamed for this. We put them back in power.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      In 2013, quit Marcos wealth chase   =   Win support of not-so-solid North for LP
      In 2016, allow Marcos hero’s burial  =   Win support of solidified North for Mar Roxas

      When LP and Mar Roxas in power  =    Resume chase after Marcos wealth
      When LP and Mar Roxas in power  =    Exhume Marcos and return to Laoag

      Not to worry. This is a strategy to forego short term gain for long term victory.

      • TagaKalos

        Ikaw na HUNGHANG katulad ka rin ng idolo mong presidente sa malakanyang na inutil at bakla na mahilig managinip ng gising! Yang mga sinasabi mo ay suntok sa buwan at hindi kailan man mangyayari. An pwede pang mangyari ay yung makikita ka na lang na may bigti sa leeg gamit yung yellow ribbon na naging lubid ng iyong idolo OGAG!

  • mekeni62

    Tita Cory allowed them to return home after years of exile. Now under Pnoy the wealth chase stops. …………sellout?

  • wakats

    I hope bongbong will run for president in 2016 so the people can vent their ire on marcos namesake.

    It’ll also reduce a little the reported untouched marcos loot of US$5Bn.

  • buttones

    Bit disappointing- where this nation have gotten so impoverished we cannot afford ‘justice’, I was not aware of the rule of ‘diminishing returns’ regarding the pursuit of truth and justice- just goes to show—– Anyway, a good start for the Marcos clan this year- it is an ill wind that brings nobody any good as they say….

  • JUDGE

    THE LAST MAN STANDING WINS! BWA HA HA BWA HA HA

  • kayanatwo

    01jan2013

    nobody asked me, but…..i does smell like a rat.  did the phil. govt. really tried its best to recover the loot?  

    how can this type of injustice to juan dela cruz prevail and tolerated for so long?  is the phil. govt, this helpless and  powerless to let the marcos clan to enjoy their loot from juan dela cruz’ treasury? 

    • chingnarciso

      di ba sinabi ni Andres Bautista, na kung sino ang  mga nautusan na magbabantay sa chicken coop ay sila din ang kumakain sa mga itlog.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Bad for the country. Good maybe for LP. Well calculated political move. Bad for posterity. Sabi nga nila, when a tsekwa help another tsekwa, it will bring good fortune. Magandang fongsoy daw. Kaya Cojuangco tinutulangan ang mga Marcos (na Chua ang tunay na apelido). Kay malas naman ng Pinas.

  • lexmil

    This is a cop out, plain and simple

  • avmphil

    Many of the posts appearing are totally biased to all Northerners in all aspects. Glorifying ‘a clan’ is a prerogative of an individual. However, displaying terms as ’Almighty’ in this well-read forum reveals the fanatical and confrontational attitude, against anyone who will not tow the of thought by an individual. Filipinos have shown unity in many areas, and it comes from the heart and reasoning, not from propagation with a megaphone. That’s more for vote calling with the niceties behind.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Thanks for heeding the call of our beloved President PNoy to unite tightly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    Another “Tuwad Na Daan’s” lame excuses….
    Hahahahahahahaha!  Happy New Year!  Sana wag nang magpaloko.  Pagpasa ng RH Bill, maraming kakampi sa Legislature….paghabol sa “hidden wealth” wala daw kakampi, kasi si Imelda ang cong. at si Bongbong ay sen.  At si Noynoy daw ay INUTILE!
    Hahahahahaha!  Bagong Taon na, magpaloko ka pa ba?
    Hahahahahaha!  Compromises on politics just to win the LP slate on the midterm elections.
    Hahahahahaha!

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Thanks for supporting the LP slate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Kung hindi kaya ng gobiyerno, gawing private porsientuhan 10 billion dollar yata ang usapan kung 40/60 maraming kakagat diyan na mga lawyer. Pero wala ni isang kusing gagastusin ni Juan Dela Cruz. If Marcos come to power I suggest too a commission to investigate the people on the defunct PCGG, mga inutil ang laki ng budget nila kakaunti ang na recover.

  • g g

    Typical response that you would expect from a filipino!!!!! You shame as all!!!
    You quit because “it is too difficult”???????????????
    You make me sick!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Noong ang Presidente ay si Marcos ang balita ay isa sa pinakamayaman sa buong mundo ang mga Marcos. Pero ngayon pag tiningnan mo ang list ng world’s richest wala naman sa listahan ang mga Marcos. Nagtataka sila bakit walang mabawing nakaw na yaman? kung meron man iilan lang. Kasi yung balitang nakaw ng mga Marcos ay sobrang pinalaki ang figure. Para lalong masuklam ang mga Filipino kay Marcos sobrang nilakihan ang halaga ng nakaw na yaman . Kathang isip lang ang sobrang laki ng nakaw kaya ayan magkathang isip din kayo na marami o malaki rin ang inyong nabawi.

  • East_Crusader

    its time for us  to unite, not just a solid North, but solidarity to our country..now that the marcoses are back in power, brace yourself ilocanos, soon all our denuded mountains will be flatened by minings, our rivers will be more toxic than the pasig river ever became, landslides and its death toll will be worse than what happend in mindanao..

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Thanks for heeding the call of our beloved President PNoy to unite tightly.

  • jga94

    Sad….but the Marcoses still have to face those civil cases filed by Filipinos whose human rights they have violated….civil cases….para maubos perang ninakaw nila…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GQA6LEY3HPG6F7CNBKE235A2KY mike

    Pieces of evidence went missing because of conspiracy somewhere.  Why no charges filed against those responsible makes an ideal atmosphere for impunity for sellouts.  that is the biggest problem of the philippines.  There is no sense of accountability.  We create agencies to pursue programs of the government, and when they fail, we simply rename or repackage them, or as suggested by someone who cannot do the job, close them.  Why not close all agencies not up to the job then? What a way to start the year!!!

  • catmanjohn

    As long as the likes of Enrile, Estrada, Marcos, and Arroyos still sit in the Senate, it is far from likely that any substantial headway will be made in recovering the Marcos loot, at least for now.
    But, if there is a WILL, there is a WAY. Unless the voting machines are rigged again to favor these corrupt bunch, hopefully the next round of elections will balance the Senate and the House with more people who are concerned about the Nation’s welfare first, and not their clans and cronies. This kind of injustice will breed the hate and anger that fuels the growth of the NPA. The Marcoses should be glad that the NPA has not found a leader with a vision and guts to gain the popular support of the people by kidnapping one of their corrupt kinds and have them return the loot as ransom.  

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      All the more reason why we must ensure the victory of the LP from senatorial to gubernatorial slate. Thank you for continuing to support LP.

  • Jack Phalaphitac

    Negative. Whatever is the government’s take on this, I say do not quit on searching for it and hunting down the thieves who stole it.Quit the search and it will mean that, even to a simple-minded would-be criminal, crime does pay here in the Philippines. 

    There are lots of economic geniuses out there who can manage the cost of maintaining this office. If the gov’t. can let Napocor be as it is, why not this one. Anyway, it is the people, the dedicated ones, that is critical and is of paramount consideration.This office should go on with the mandated tasks. It may take the government and the courts an eternity to arrive at a decision on a single case, but the important thing is we don’t quit. Prosecute everyone who might have gained from the loot, everyone including the next generation, if they will profit from it. We should let the Marcoses know and let us squeeze it into  their brains, that a Damocles’ sword is still there hanging above their heads, and we’re willing to wait until it falls. 

    While at it, we should let the quitters go. Better still, fire ‘em right now.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Thank you for your fighting spirit.

      Thanks in advance for heeding the call of our beloved President PNoy to transcend our differences and unite tightly.

  • Facilitator1

    TALO na naman si Juan Dela Cruz…kailangan kaya magbabago ang swerte ni JUAN?

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Don’t be disheartened. Our beloved President PNoy is doing this for us and for national unity.

  • Twister12

    He is talking realities here. For us posters talk is cheap. Well what can we expect from our race, we’re known for these kind of qualities only, all talk no walk.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Thanks for your pragmatism and heeding our beloved President PNoy’s call for national unity.

      Have a happy new year.

  • catmanjohn

    One last question, is the Philippine government including the 11 billion dollars (55 billion at todays gold prices) worth of Yamashita’s gold which was smuggled out of the country as being part of the Marcos loot? 
    If they are, they will never see that, for it is ‘war booty’, rightfully claimed by the U.S. and U.K.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      APECO will make us rich. They have some of that booty. Please support APECO.

  • blainz

    How utterly disappointing!

    Just a moment though. If half of the $10B loot is still missing, and the PCGG head cites “diminishing returns” as the reason for quitting, does that mean it would take around $5B itself to search for the rest of the ill-gotten hoard? Something does not compute.

    A lot of the monies has been spent by the Marcoses buying back their power base, cronies, campaigns etc., with another hefty portion a windfall for lawyers like Estelito Mendoza. There has to be a way to trace a money trail this big.

    However, the settlement won by the human rights cictims is not premised on finding any more of the Marcos loot. They HAVE to cough up the money.

    Those complicit in this failure, ex-PCGG heads included, have to be charged in court. I hope the Ombudsman is looking at this with eagle eyes. The IBP should also try to weed out out corruption among lawyers, although their contemptible conduct regarding the Arroyos indicates this is wishful thinking. Seems almost the entire legal profession has swallowed by crocs hook, line, and sinker.

    More than twenty years after EDSA 1, the Marcoses still represent a serious loss of face for the country. The shame will never end as long as they keep getting elected. Filipinos, especially in this regard, Ilocanos, should wake up.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Don’t be disappointed. There is still hope. It’s no time to doubt now. Doubt is the enemy of faith. Heed the call of our beloved President PNoy to transcend differences and unite tightly. Our dear leader PNoy is doing this for us and for national unity. It is no time to doubt now.

      • blainz

        Haven’t I told you before to quit your faux sycophancy? Leave your Poe replies to the more gullible, INTTDN. It’s not even working to rile up opposition to the current administration.

      • bendevlam@hotmail.com

        Hoi, you sound like a Marcos family member, if you know where the money is then cough up quickly so the poor people are getting the support they need and stop your idiotic comments, as the belong with the mentally retarded

  • boybakal

    Philippines set to quit Marcos wealth chase…

    Well, this goes to show that the wealth chase of unimaginable amount might be a field of dreams.
    Naghahanap ng wala sa wala.
    Let’s be realistic, the amount is too big to be true, unrealistic.
    In this age of computer, anything can be deciphered but Marcos billions is something that cannot be seen even by computer virus, for there is none.

    It’s a Lonely job out there says the attorney, well, it is really lonely if there is nothing to be happy about.
    When they doubt Marcos war medals, then it is time that we doubt about Marcos billions….that even Indiana Jones would say….it is a Temple of Doom

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      The best Hollywood comment I have read so far.

      Thanks for heeding the call of our dear leader PNoy to unite tightly.

      Have a happy new year.

  • tra6Gpeche

    The late President Corazon Aquino’s worst decision in her Presidency was to allow the return of the Marcos family and their cronies to the Philippines. Now the Philippine government is powerless to go after them. Unbelievable!

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      But we can’t undo the past.

      Let us all heed the call of our beloved President PNoy to transcend our differences and unite tightly.

      • tra6Gpeche

        Yes, you are 100% correct. However, we should always learn from our mistakes. Repeating the same mistake seems to be in our nature.

    • puza65

      kahit di yan pinabalik ni cory pwedeng gawin ng sumunod sa kanya…

      • tra6Gpeche

        Maaring tama ka subalit mas mahirap na katunggali ang mismong gumawa ng masama sa bayan. Ang mga Marcos ang ugat ng nakawan at pagsasamantala sa bayan. Kung wala ang ugat at natira lamang ay mga sanga at dahon, mas walang gasinong lakas ang punongkahoy upang labanan ang malakas na hangin.
        Gayon pa man, nakaraan na ito at bagaman at hindi dapat kalimutan, huwag na sanang paulit-ulit ang mga pagkakamaling ginawa ng mga namumuno sa bansang Pilipinas. Maraming masama at pagkakamali ang paulit-ulit na nangyayari sa Pilipinas, gaya ng illegal logging, illegal jueteng, mga bara sa mga inaagusan ng tubig, mga namamatay at nasusugatan tuwing bagong taon, mga iskwater na taon-taon ay lalong dumarami at marami pang iba. Ang ibig sabihin ay wala tayong natutuhan sa ating mga pagkakamali, kabayan!

      • puza65

        marami pa rin kasi ang BOBOTANTE sila rin ang nagbalik sa mga cronies ng mga Marcoses…kahit anong pagpapabango ng mga cronies ng Marcoses at ang Marcos wala akong balak iboto sila pati na rin ang mga trapo….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Cory nga ba o iyong kamag anak nilang (Marcoses) sumunod sa kanya? (former Pres. Ramos)….

  • regd

    Because these people are a bunch of sissies!
    The only solution to get rid of these shameless family is the nazi style ‘final solution’ (Die Endlösung).

  • JV Velarde

    30/60 or 40/60 sharing to the best team of Philippine & international lawyers, that will win the case for the government against these scums of society.
    I’ll start gathering former CJ’s Davide, Puno & Panganiban to help assemble this team & lay down the time frame of deliverables.

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Good suggestion and good project management skills.

      Happy new year!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Start now…

  • tj_1985

    The government of the son whose parents are heroes and risked their lives against the dictator who up until now are still punishing the country with their selfishness and greed..

    .. are now – because of petty excuses, have surrendered and insulted his parent’s grave by not doing “everything possible” to bring dignity and “vindicate” his parent’s beliefs, aspirations, and goals for the country..

    .. good thing I did not vote for him.. 

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      Bagong taon na.

      When will you stop hating?

      • Twister12

        We knew these people. They will be very happy if we put back the previous administration than the current one who at least are doing something. Most probably they lost big time when the administration changes that’s why the whining.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

      Nanay nga di napatunayan, anak pa kaya? LOL…

  • joboni96

    marami ring yumaman
    sa mga humabol
    sa kayamanan ni marcos
    kaya ganyan

    ibaon na yan and
    just encourage the marcos heirs
    to reinvest it back
    sa pilipinas

    establishing a pro pilipino universal bank
    to rollback intsik switik control
    of pilipino economy
    will be a good one

    • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

      This is by far the only undivisive comment in this forum.

      Maraming salamat for heeding the call of our beloved President PNoy to unite tightly.

      Happy New Year.

  • http://www.ninoyandcory.gov.ph/ It’s No Time To Doubt Now

    In 2013, quit Marcos wealth chase = Win support of not-so-solid Ilocandia North for LP
    In 2016, allow Marcos hero’s burial = Win support of solidified Ilocandia North for Mar Roxas

    We love Ninoy the Superhero Almighty and Blessed Mama Cory. We thank them for sending us their only begotten son our beloved President PNoy. Through our dear leader PNoy, all Filipinos will enjoy inclusive economic growth and join the ranks of the global middle class. Through our dear leader PNoy, all Filipinos will be more tightly united and become less regionalistic. This is the time to unite all Filipinos. This is the time to solidify the not-so-solid North and get them to support LP. Haydee Yorac, who is nodding in her grave, surely agrees with our beloved President PNoy. Joker Arroyo, who has one foot in the grave, will surely agree with our beloved President PNoy. This is the time for all Filipinos from Honolulu to Laoag to celebrate and embrace our dear leader PNoy.

    Sa Daang Matuwid, wala kang talo. Go with the flow. Go with Daang Matuwid.

    and may I humbly suggest:
    vote straight LP in 2013
    Ninoy 2.0 = Bam Aquino

    • bendevlam@hotmail.com

      Marcos, coco levy and the hycianda, todays value maybe a trilion now,
      All lost as it stays in the families of Aquinos and uncle Danding and Marcos.
      Will they give up this stolen wealth?
      Never, over their death bodies.
      Why?
      They are not willing to work as concreters or carpenters, they are just thieves.

    • tj_1985

      .. i’m a bit confused..

      .. please can anyone explain what president means when he connects everything with the cliche “.. sa daang matuwid”?

      .. as far as I can tell.. saying something is “straight” is just relative.  What one may call straight might actually be bent – or crooked, in another view..

      .. I’m not pro-GMA either.. sorry..

  • patriotic_act

    I can see a lot of commenters here could do better than these seasoned lawyers by the way they post comments.. 

    well it is indeed easier said than done.. because if it is the other way around we could’ve got all those money by now dont we?

    • Adam_d_langgam

      Quitting is the choice of cowards.

      • Twister12

        and what would u suggest?

      • Adam_d_langgam

        Go after the narcosis with the same passion he’s showing running after the arroyos. The question should be – what about his friends?

      • tj_1985

        .. what “passion”?

        .. I thought that was just one of his sister’s acting tricks..

      • patriotic_act

        I absolutely agree.. the same as constant talking/criticizing as a sign of incompetence

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZWFLSTSBRRAVDDPF7NZ5OT6AEA Jim

    How sad, all thieves get away in the Philippines! This must be an encouraging news for Erap, Arroyo, Enrile, Binay! Something should be done!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTIRTIXLBR5X47RMVKB3T43SWA charles

    what da f$ck…you guys haven’t recovered the other half of the Marcos loot yet, so why stop?…let the cases continue against Imelda, Bongbong, Imee, Irene and the rest of the Marcoses!!!!!…

    • puza65

      tama naman ang PCGG lahat ng mga Marcoses nakabalik sa pwesto at lahat din ng Cronies nila nakapwesto isang bagay kung bakit di umuusad ang mga kaso dahil may mga humaharang…

  • kilabot

    crime pays – pcgg.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Mga opisyales ng PCGG at mga lawyers ng mga Marcoses ang yumaman dito. Magaling mag tago ng nakaw na pera ang mg Marcoses (kahit na inamin na ni Imelda na galing sa kanila ang yaman ni Lucio Tan). Mga Filipino nman ay madaling masilaw sa pera kahit na galing sa nakaw tatangapin, guminhawa lng ung buhay. Kaya kangkungan pinupulot ang pinas, marupok ang pinoy pagdating sa pera, madaling masilaw. 

    • Butzz

      tama ka dyan. ganyan talaga tayong mga pinoy. habang naghihirap, corrupt.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Let’s wait for the dying declaration of Imelda Marcos, baka aminin na nya kung nasaan ung mga nakaw.

    • bendevlam@hotmail.com

      The family already knows the accounts in Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Luxemberg, they are only authorised , when Imelda dies.
      She is a strong , whatever you call a criminal.

  • Butzz

    puputi ang uwak

  • Adam_d_langgam

    Ito ang administrasyon ni budoy. Sabagay naluklok sa puwesto si Cory at si retard Gawain ng mga Marcoses. 10 billion estimated loot ng mga Marcoses na ang exchange rate noong Araw k is 1:8. Bago sumuko ang retarted na Simeon. Si Marcos inihanay sa mga sutil ng mundo – idi Amin, saddam, jhadafi, Pinochet, Suharto, shah of Iran and yet this idiot of a president quit. Kung kanyang barasohin si Gloria, dapat kaya Nya rin ang mga Marcoses. Duwag ang hitad. Sa bagay umurong ang yagbols ng mga Aquino sa mga pumatay ke ninoy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Malamang ganun din ang kay GMA, hindi mahahabol ang mga kinurakot.
    Suportahan na lamang natin ang Anti-dynasty movement sa 2013 at 2016 elections.

  • Leo Capurictan

    ohhh how bitter is your agony, but the trues is nothing you could prove. a losser is always a losser

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    If the gov’t. can’t do it maybe the Reds can. But, i”m just wondering if the Reds or Commies are afraid of the Marcoses. They were hunted down and killed by Marcos soldiers during Martial Law but never retaliated all these years. Maybe they were paid handsomely by the Marcoses to gain peace.

  • barbara sanchez

    The Marcoses are really more intelligent than the Aquinos.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    I  DISAGREE  WITH  MR. ANDRES  BAUTISTA  THAT IT IS  BETTER    FOR THE GOVT TO QUIT  ITS SEARCH AND  RECOVERY  OF THE  UNEXPLAINED   AND  STOLEN   WEALTH  OF  MARCOS. THAT  WILL MEAN  THE  TRIUMPH  OF  THE   FORCES  OF  EVIL  OVER  THE  FORCES  OF  GOOD !!  

    • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

      You can disagree all you want Pedro, but the forces of good and evil? Hmmm…let me ponder that for a moment.  Or perhaps you’re just a little short on blackberries and coffee that give the best nutrients for the brain.  One post down there says, “It’s been proven that the Marcoses are much brighter than the Aquinos.” Of course I may not totally give up my absolute fascination for the charming Mr. Aquino, but perhaps too whoever posted it was kidding on the square. Now Pedro, you can again disagree for all I care. Wouldn’t you rather reconsider your presumptuous conclusion up there to make you at level with more sane people down here? Mr. Bautista after all was willing to come down, and face reality as he’s been there. Pedro, this is our good chance; 2013 is for thinking people. Remember, blackberries and coffee. Don’t allow yourself to be left out, and please.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    It’s a sad day when the corrupt escape justice.  I wish they would continue, but if it really would just be wasting resources I’d rather it be spent on current problems.

    To be honest though, given past history on these forums, if P-Noy did focus more resources on going after the Marcos wealth, the usual idiots on here would be up in arms about political persecution.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    kapoy na dong? 

    wala na ka mahimo, 

    pahuway na lang.

  • $23257130

    kung talagang may ebidensya matagal na nila nakuha lahat. ibig sabihin lang puro pa presscon ang abnoytard government at dada ng dada wala naman laman.

    mabuhay ang mga marcoses. ang tunay na pag asa ng bayan!

    • muddygoose

      Yung $4B hinde ninakaw? Mga katulad mo ang dahilan kung bakit lugmok tayo sa kahirapan. Uto-uto.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        nakaw nga ba mga iyon? O sinequester lang dahil sinabing nakaw?

      • Guest

        So anong theory mo? Paano nakaipon ng $4B si Marcos? Golden Buddha?

  • bendevlam@hotmail.com

    First of all, they should not be allowed in politics at all, because they have the hidden money and are just laughing at all of the people.. They enjoy the rich life of the richest, with a buffer money to help them survive without working more then 200 years for all of them.
    Hey people, we are talking more then 400 billion Peso and that is not counting what they have already, we are maybe talking over a trillion peso? maybe 2 trillion.
    Are we feeling sorry.
    Aquino and Danding are related, So?
    Nothing will happen.
    Lot of people die of hunger as they not even get a 1000 peso a month.
    It is Fun to die in the Philippines.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZA5INZ7BBS6VEFCJW5VK366KCA jun

    This is story of Crime does Pay. Not a good lesson for our children. After milking the country dry, they are back in politics with Bongbong eyeing on the Presidency. What happened to all the administration? So inept, you cannot even prosecute this family that almost drove the country to the ground. Pinagtatawanan lang tayo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RPV2XB7XR3AGOUM2TMY34OL3WM paul

    Nakakalungkot na pangyayari ito kung sakali, pero para sa tamang administrasyon ng pera, dapat talaga i-abolish na ang PCGG… madami din kasi corrupt dun. imagine, 26 years, hindi nakapag-gather ng enough resources ang mga administration para makuha at least 80% ng mga nakulimbat.
    nevertheless, I am thankful na nakarecover tayo ng at least 40% o $4B sa hidden wealth nila.
    I agree na dapat na lang ibalik yan sa DOJ at gumawa na lang ng special task force para dun. mas matipid ang pagtuloy ng kaso at walang additional commissioner or justice na kelangan bayaran. Nakakapagtataka kasi na bakit gumawa pa ng PCGG… sobrang gastos nun. Dapat gumawa na lang ng task force ang DOJ na maglalagay ng mga tao dun para ihandle ang job. at least nakatipid sana sa resources ang government.

    talking about PNOY, hindi nya kasalanan kung walang magagawa ang PCGG ngayon, palyado ang mga dating administration ng PCGG kaya eto lang ang kaya gawin ng current.

  • catalansbarce

    Choose and vote the best, honest and sincere candidates regardless of its political
    affiliation on 2013 election para sa ikauunlad ng bansa natin. In my own opinion, Pnoys
    administration is not bad,,, we are heading on a right direction more or less. Quitting the
    PCCG, is the best move,, it is a waste of Filipino taxpayers money dahil mahirap e penetrate
    ang Marcosses ill gotten wealth dahil napaligiran sila ng mga Mafia na pulitiko.

  • boybakal

    Filipinos are really believers, believers of faith, Himala,naive to believe to unimaginable, the billions and billions Marcos loot.
    Good that Nora says…Walang Himala.
    As the lawyers gave up the Marcos chase, back to square one and again just like Nora movie…Thy Womb, balik sa simula.

    It is really fascinating to imagine the billions of Marcos.
    From treasure of Yamashita to treasure hunt in Fort Santiago that even Rizal in his silence was disturbed reading his book by the diggings.
    The hunt was as far as we can imagined up to Swiss bank but nowhere to show deposits.
    That even computer hackers and spam cannot track those billions.

    Except of course the returned sequestered properties of alleged Marcos cronies, billions is still far count, started from abacus to adding machine.
    Not included of course is Lucio Tan whom Imelda called Magbobote who’s still control most businesses.

    Real property in New York in the name of govt and Imelda’s antique collection and the prized rotten Imelda shoes.
    Other than that, nothing more was recovered.

    It means to say Marcos wealth is a myth, just like Marcos war medals as fiction.
    The amount is bloated and exaggerated.
    Even PCGG lawyers gave up the Marcos Chase, as it is better to be Ambulance Chaser, for sure liability and injury is covered by Insurance.

    It’s a Lonely Job there, says the lawyer, of course, if you are searching Marcos wealth in Lonely Planet.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OM4ECKOKPJYWX64UHQGZPFDD34 Jim Dela Merced

      Hindi niyo po ba nabasa na US$4B worth na ang nabawi? I guess hindi nyo naintindihan ang estoryang isinaad dito. Historical fact po na ginahasa ng mga Marcos ang bayan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

        Where is your proof? Di nga mapatunayan ng gobyerno eh….

  • windhawl

    corrupt siguro kaso hindi naman lahat ng pera nakuha sa kaban ng government, ung iba mula sa mga lagay ng mga negosyante na gusto mamuhunan, kaso mautak lang si marcos kc instead na pera, ang hiningi shares ng company, un nga lang malas at inangkin ng mga crony nya ang mga shares.
    dapat lang naman siguro hihinto na ang paghahanap kc gastos lang government sa mga nakaupo sa pcgg, mga lawyer na pinapatagal ang process para mas malaki makuha na pera at kung sakali man may mabawi, ipapamigay sa mga victims kunwari kaso sa mga abogado lang at mga lider nga mga grupo ang makikinabang ng pera at hindi talaga sa mga tao. 
    ok lang sana kung lahat ng pera makukuha para sa kaban ng bayan mapupunta or magamit pampatayo ng expressway para naman hindi abusado sa toll fee.

  • Global1st

    it’s funny how many times the article said “this people left their high paying jobs” well get over it..you have a choice……..if you are looking to make a lucrative career through public service if done properly with dignity…this is not the right cow for you.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Jail them with big pythons, after one of them is swallowed, they will spill the beans at once !
    The answers are Billions of dollars of Pinoy’s blood.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Jail them with Pytons, will see how long do they need to spill the beans

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WEDVVXOMPOQ3VYGUKOAVVT574 Pedro Mateo

    *The agency’s annual budget of less than 100 million pesos was only enough to pay its staff of about 200, many of them young lawyers who turned down high paying jobs elsewhere, he added.
    “It’s a lonely job. It doesn’t win you any friends.”*
    Kaya pala halos lahat ng abugado ng PCGG ay mga secret millioner na. . Estoryaheee. . 

  • satoriseeker

    what a defeatist attitude!
    so why the hell did you take the job, mr bautista? to win friends?

    you should quit, and let someone else with a more determined sense of justice take over.

  • barakooo

    Talo na naman ang mga pinoy. Kaya walang takot ang mga nangungurakot dahil walang huli sa pinas.

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