Joker Arroyo: PCGG has outlived its purpose

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Senator Joker Arroyo. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO/MATIKAS SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Commission on Good Government has outlived its purpose and it’s about time the Department of Justice take over from where it would leave, Sen. Joker Arroyo said on Wednesday.

Arroyo was the executive secretary in 1986 when then President Corazon Aquino created the PCGG to chase the alleged multibillion-dollar loot of the Marcoses and their cronies after the dictatorship fell.

“[Its] mandate has run its course. It is problematic whether the government can gather additional evidence after 26 years. The main task of the PCGG—to gather evidence and build up the cases—has been winnowed by time,” Arroyo said in a statement.

Arroyo said that while recovery of ill-gotten wealth, mandated by Cory Aquino’s Executive Order Nos. 1, 2, 14 and 14-A, was a valid advocacy, the PCGG’s mandate was “time-limited by the very nature of the campaign.”

“It was one of the centerpieces of Cory’s crusade for good governance. And the campaign has had a good run,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo added that Congress has also extended the life of the PCGG quite a number of times.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    Tell that to the Enriles, Estradas and Binays.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Senator Joker Arroyo, you are correct. PCGG has outlived its
    purpose. Why? The Marcos family and their partners in crime are all back in
    power. Most Filipinos made it possible for these conscienceless, greedy,
    unprincipled and shameless looters to be where they are now. We have nobody to
    blame but us!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    A failed Church for a failed country !

    What needed 26 years in the Philippines to be done with permanent cheating.
    Egypt, Tunisia, Libya,  did it properly in few months.
    Thank’s the 450 years of a colonial Clergy rules, killings and robbing became a way of life, a rapist culture is strongly established.

    Detrimental to the weakest, exact opposite of the Christian spirit.

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

    PCGG has outlived its purpose.
    Joker Arroyo has outlived its purpose too.
    What about you Juan Ponce Enrile, Binay and Erap?

    • JuanTamadachi

      They remind me of Moe, Larry and Curly, otherwise known as the 3 Stooges.

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

    I didn’t know that “goodness” has an expiry date!

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

    Coming from Joker, kapanipaniwala.

    Pero lalaki ang problema kung DOJ ang hahawak. Palpak lagi si de lima. Kaliwa’t kanan ang kapalpakan nya. Hindi kakayanin ng DOJ.

  • boybakal

    Joker Arroyo: PCGG has outlived its purpose…I agree, time to retire and die.
    PCGG did its job but that’s the most they can do.
    I don’t know if there is something more left for De Lima and co.
    For sure, redundancy and double jeopardy, alam mo naman si De Lima bara bara bay.

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