Efforts to abolish PCGG underway at House of Representatives



MANILA, Philippines–Efforts to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) are officially underway at the House of Representatives, following the filing of a bill seeking to transfer part of its responsibilities to the Department of Justice.

Under House Bill No. 4049, “the powers and functions of investigations and prosecution of criminal (cases) exercised by the PCGG shall be transferred to the Department of Justice.”

Civil cases would now be handled by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel. These would include the “management, administration and the disposition of the assets, as well as the sequestration of the properties considered to be ill-gotten.”

“More than 20 years and four administrations have passed, PCGG has not produced significant accomplishments that would justify its continued existence,” according to the explanatory note of the bill, which was jointly introduced by Representatives Sergio Apostol and Pedro Romualdo.

“Through these years, the work performed by the Commission is not commensurate to the annual expenses needed to maintain the office. The time is ripe to abolish the PCGG in line with the cost-saving efforts of the government,” the note added.

HB 4049 has been pending before the Committee on Government Reorganization since January 2011, or more than a year before PCGG chairman Andres Bautista made public his recommendation for the commission to close shop.

“It has become a law of diminishing returns at this point,” Bautista had told Agence France-Presse

“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.”

But Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares assailed the move by the PCGG, saying it should continue going after the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

“They owe it to the victims of human rights violations during Marcos’ time and the Filipino people,” he said in a statement.

“The lesson to be learned if the search for the Marcos wealth stops is crime pays and if you steal big, you can get away with it,” he added in Filipino.

Colmenares said his partylist group would block efforts to abolish the PCGG at the House.
“They should still go after the Marcoses whatever happens. The ill-gotten wealth should be returned to the people. PCGG officials and prosecutors who weakened the cases should be prosecuted,” he said.

The bill by Apostol and Romualdo designates the Department of Finance’s privatization office as custodian of “all sequestered real and personal assets and properties previously under the control and management of the PCGG.”

Also to be included are “all contracts, records and documents relating to the operation of the PCGG.”

Employees who stand to lose their jobs as a result of the abolition “may be absorbed” by the privatization office based on “merit and fitness.”

“All contracts and agreements entered into by the PCGG prior to the effectivity of this Act shall remain in full force and effect unless otherwise terminated, modified or amended for lawful cause,” according to the bill.

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  • Miguel Syungco

    Some people cannot accept the reality that time has gone by that it should accept the truth may or may not situation be hurting.

  • kilabot

    dapat nuon pa. tuyo na kasi.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTAON5IXMNB43HD4UY5JLY434U Reynaldo

    para ko ng nakikinikinita nag bagong kanta ni imeldiFIX ngayon HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!!!TRALALALALA…

  • Fayha

    e abolish na yan.wala namang silbi yang PCGG na yan.sayang ang pinapasahod sa mga kawani dyan.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    PCGG was a cure more painful than the disease. It was a milking cow of those who were tasked to go after robbers….

    Colmenares would rather have the government spend more than what it can get, because in the end if the human rights victims got a share,he will partake of it…. never mind if the govt spend a lot more. That’s too unfair to taxpayers.



  • http://www.facebook.com/reynaldo.medina.969 Reynaldo Medina

    It is about time, 20 years is more than enough,no more excuses, wasted so much money and what is the result ”0”,ABOLISH PCGG. now na !!!!!

  • batangpaslit

    gatasan ang PCGG, so, hirap buwagin.
    gatasan ng mga nagtatrabaho bilang recovery agent kuno.
    silang mga taga PCGG ang yumayaman, hindi ang taong bayan o ang gobyerno.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Are these people really serious? Justice is not a business enterprise nor a profit center. The PCGG was formed to go after the plundered loots of the Marcoses and other plunderers after them.

    IF it was some other politicians who sponsored the bill it will be easy to understand but a former dogie of the Marcoses itroducing said bill leaves us with more questions than answers. But then again this nation is so corrupt that these dogs are able to get away with murder…..

  • kapayapaan_1900

    PCGG:  “we’ve done our best”.  In its decades of existence, their BEST IS NOT GOOD EEENNNOOOUUUGGGHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. But who can blame them?  Despite the documented trail that led the existence of the tyrant’s stolen wealth stashed in foreign banks of which portions were recovered, the clannish people from the “north” in particular and the Filipino people in general still put the Marcoses and his cronies back to power.  How much more can PCGG flex its muscles now?  
    “Ang haring may hangad sa yaman ay mariing hampas ng langit sa bayan”………from “Florante at Laura” by Francisco Balagtas’        

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

    Abolish, Abolish Abolish… Now Na!!!! Wla naman napakinabangan ang taong bayan sa sisnasabing na recover.. kung ibinigay pa sa bawat pamilya ang 2 milyon pesos, nakinabang pa at marahil di na taghirap ang karamihan sa ating Pinoy…

  • boldyak


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