Gov’t won’t abandon ill-gotten wealth cases vs Marcoses—Bautista

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This photo taken on December 3, 2012 shows Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, tasked with recovering embezzled wealth from the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, pointing to a portrait of the late president displayed at the commission’s office in Manila. AFP/TED ALJIBE

MANILA, Philippines–Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) Chairman Andres Bautista said the government will not abandon the ill-gotten wealth cases against the heirs and cronies of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos even in the event of the PCGG’s abolition.

In a news conference at the PCGG headquarters Wednesday, Bautista said their proposal to Malacañang was to transfer the prosecution of Marcos ill-gotten wealth cases to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and to transfer the sequestered assets to the Department of Finance (DOF).

“Our recommendation was to wind down work, to turn over cases to the DOJ and the sequestered assets to the Privatization Management Office,” Bautista said.

“But in no way have I said we’re ending the hunt for the Marcos ill-gotten wealth. I didn’t say that. I believe that should continue because a substantial portion (of the ill-gotten wealth) remains unrecovered,” he stressed.

About 200 ill-gotten wealth cases against the Marcoses and their cronies are still pending in the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan 26 years since the PCGG was created.

Since 1986, the PCGG has recovered P165 billion in ill-gotten wealth.

Bautista admitted they have no idea how much remains unrecovered of the wealth illegally amassed by the Marcos family and their cronies during the 20-year dictatorship.

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  • http://twitter.com/bigg_dawg big dawg

    stole 10 billion $$$$ and yet we (not me but i take responsibility) put them back in office? says a lot of what kind of people we are… tsk tsk tsk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Maghahabol ba o hindi? Someone made an error before contacting the press.

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

    Haaaaaayyyy naku. Flip-flopping na naman.

    Sobrang atat kasi to test the waters, tuloy kinastigo ng taong bayan.

    Yan ang flip-flopping na tinaguriang chinelas leadership ng administrasyong Aquino.

    Hindi pa tapos ang boksing, sumuko na.

  • johndcross1

    Since 1986 the PCGG was able to recover P165billion of ill-gotten wealth.  What about the cronies of the Marcoses from where some of these ill-gotten wealth was recovered — what happened to them?  Until now I have not heard or read significant personalities who were sent to prison.  Surely, these assets were taken from people who fronted for Marcos.  They are as guilty as the principal.  What about Imelda?  We want this woman send to prison.  She belongs there just as GMA!  We want results and PCGG did not deliver on this aspect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Kung meron man mapaparusahan dito ay hindi si Marcos kundi si Imelda at mga cronies niya.
    Noong araw na kalakasan niya ay nagagawa niya ng matino ang pamamalakad sa bansa, 

  • boldyak

    will not abandon cases….but will stop looking for the ill-gotten wealth…hmmm…may malibre na sa mga ill gotten wealth na hanggang ngayon nasa kanila pa…maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw…teka lang inom muna ako SAN MIGuEL BEER, habang wala pang malaking tax ang mga ito, hinto sa sigarilyo kasi mas malaki tax ng sigarilyo…hmmmm…bakit kaya…parang may pinapaboran ang lahat ng ito ah…hahaha

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