PCGG excuses for stopping Marcos wealth recovery lame—Escudero



Senator Francis Escudero: No to Associate Justice Brion’s request. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—There’s no reason for the Presidential Commission on Good Government to stop going after Marcos’ alleged ill-gotten wealth unless it’s admitting it could no longer prove a claim against the late dictator’s estate, Sen. Francis Escudero told the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Wednesday.

Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, said the PCGG’s difficulties were lame excuses to wrap up its mandate after 26 years of going after the supposed multibillion-dollar loot of the Marcoses and their cronies.

“That it is difficult should not be an excuse if there is indeed a cause of action.  Nobody ever said that it was going to be easy,” Escudero told the Inquirer.

“That’s a lame excuse unless they are throwing in the towel and saying that they can’t prove the case versus the Marcoses anymore,” he added.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, an ally of President Aquino’s, agreed with PCGG chairman Andres Bautista’s recommendation to the Chief Executive that the commission start winding down its operations since going after the Marcos wealth has ceased to be cost-effective.

Bautista also cited the return to power of former First Lady Imelda Marcos as Ilocos Norte representative, and Marcos’ children Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., as senator and Imee Marcos as Ilocos Norte governor as a factor that doesn’t make the PCGG’s job easier.

“It has been more than 26 years. Had the PCGG performed its mandate efficiently at the first instance, they could have gotten most if not all of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and their cronies,” Lacson said.

“As in any ‘catch-me-if-you-can’ situation, the longer you take to get your target, the lesser the opportunity becomes as the quarry manages to dig deeper,” added the two-term senator, who also served at one time as chief of the PNP.

Should Aquino heed Bautista’s recommendation, he would need the Congress to pass a law abolishing the agency.

Bautista has suggested that the Department of Justice take over from where the PCGG would leave.

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  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    huh, diba mga escudero cronnies din ni marcos?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3G4XUXOPEQC6SCQUALI5P7RCXQ francis


    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZVS4MKYAHNFS6TCFBFGRZNIIGQ Nueva


    • boldyak

      ayaw nya pahinto ang hunt for mascos loots, kasi wala na support sa kanya ang godfather nya, inabondona sya last election….hahaha…pero hintay lang kayo pag bumalik ang support ng NINONG siya mismo magpursige na ihinto na…hahaha…chiz naman…we know you who you are…mga paetchos mo talaga…hahaha…we know who supported you when you first run for senate, somebody was grooming you for presidency before…unlucky for you the Noynoy and his cousin ran for presidency….

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

      Patay na naman si tatay ni Chiz eh. Naku, binuking mo si Chiz. Nagpapapogi pa naman sya.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo


        sabagay, ang mga conjuanco’s din nakinabang kay manong, and so, kahit paano, naambunan din maskina ilang milyon sa campaign fund si boss.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Mr Andres Bautista’s reason to wind down the hunt for the
    embezzled wealth of late strongman, Ferdinand Marcos is practical and honest.
    After 26 years, the hunt seems to be going nowhere. The Filipinos are spending
    money to recover the loot of Mr. Marcos for nothing. Besides, the Marcoses and
    their cronies are back in power and these people are 100 times more politically
    powerful than the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the
    Philippine government. We just have to blame ourselves to have allowed these
    shameless, greedy, dishonest, unprincipled and conscienceless Filipinos to be
    where they are now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2CA7YCYRQWR4RCPCC3KWNZEVRQ ivesilagan25

    me mga bagay lang talaga na sadyang mahirap patunayan, there should be evidences and if evidences are corrupted tapos nawala “kuno”, eh bakit nga naman ba magttyaga ang isang abogado to pursue a case na walang evidence-suntok sa buwan…Atty. Bautista might even in high school still when all these cases came to being…i mean tama lang na isara na ang PCGG, it has defeated its purpose….masakit mang isipin eh hindi talaga kayang ipanalo ang mga kaso….mas kahiyahiya lang tayo….imagine gustuhin man kahit auction house na lang ang PCGG eh hindi pa rin, exhibit house na lang daw ng mga alahas ni Gng. Imelda :(

  • AllinLawisFair

    There should be no let up in the quest for the Marcos loot. Whether it is the PCGG or the Department of Justice to do the job , the search must go on. Giving would only leave the Marcoses laugh on their way to the bank and encourage future looters and plunderers to ape what these Marcos monkeys did.

  • mari suli

    So much for granstanding chiz.We know your happy because your father is a part of the Marcos legacy (crony). Bakit

  • Hunter421

    Why not just audit Rep. Imelda Marcos?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Best thing is for Escudero to resign as senator and let him take-over the PCGG from Bautista. Let us see how he would do it. Yabang at parang laging tumutula kung magsalita. 

    • mari suli

      Sa totoo lang hapi si Chiz.Hindi ba crony ni Marcos tatay niya?
      at sino naman finance kandidatura niya noon? di iyong isang crony na tiyuhin ni Pnoy.gustong pa niyang maging presidente pero campaign niya VP na corrupt.sabagay sanay na silang sumama sa mga corrupt.kawawang pinas.

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

    Chiz, honest lang naman si Atty Andy Bautista. Wag ka ng umepal pa.
    Matagal nang ginawang gatasan ang PCGG kaya dapat lang namang buwagin.
    Lumalabas na mas senatoriable si Andy sayo Chiz!

  • yonoh

    tumigil ka na chiz,ayusin mo na lang ang buhay mo…………si hmmmmpppppp hahahahahaha sana kung ikaw ang mamumuno ok pa..eh kung yong mga magnanakaw din eh huwag na……….

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

    Andy Bautista is weak! He only wants easy job. He should not be given any more government job in the future.

    If all government workers would complain about the difficulty of a job, they should not have accepted it in the first place! Weaklings should never be a part of a government if we want to move forward!

    Shame on you, Andy Bautista!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    All of them should be jailed in a Juan de la Cruz jail, till they spill the beans and be driven human !

    This will be the only advantage to have among the world worst jail’s

  • Pitbulldog

    They cannot even recover the loot even with a clear paper trail in their quest,  would that be easier for P-noy and his idiots to say that they can prove their hallucinatory allegations of plunder kuno against GMA?  Iyan e itaga mo sa bumbunan mo, P-noy.  Napaka-engot mo kasi.

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

    Panalo si Chiz sa sinabi niyang ito. Wala siyang talo. May pogi points sya ulit. Baka pwede rin i-share ni Chiz kung magkano ang kinita ng tatay nya noong sya’y crony pa ni Marcos?


  • repapips

    kasama tatay ni chiz sa perang kinulimbat ni marcos. tumulong ka kaya chiz. ituro mo kung san ung pera na nakuha nyo kay marcos.

    • Guest

      PCGG is ending its search of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family. Basta na lang sumuko. Wala pa itong si PCGG chair Andres Bautista.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/E7OPMOFKJEDUFI3624YWN6Z76Y mike

    As in any ‘catch-me-if-you-can’ situation, the longer you take to get your target, the lesser the opportunity becomes as the quarry manages to dig deeper,” added the two-term senator,”
    – I am very sure Senator Lacson knows what he is preaching.. Basta Hide and Seek ang Laro Expert yan! :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FASESU6FPUXJCZMOVMMFEEMLGU Carmencita Lopez

    mas mabuti rin matigil na ito. kesa naman yang nasa puwesto ng pcgg lang ang kumikita at taxpayers money ang nasasayang. mabuti naman honest itong si Andres Bautista. eh kung gusto sana niyang magraket di mag go lang siya.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Finally they realize that the treasure hunt is no longer effiecient cost wise. Five to ten years could have been more than enough, anybody ever wonder what those treasure hunters doing everyday in their offices?

  • boybakal

    PCGG excuses for stopping Marcos wealth recovery lame—Escudero…

    Akala mo naman kung makapagsalita tong si Escudero, akala mo pagkagaling galing.
    The best lawyers of the country na nga ang humawak gaya ni Salonga, sasabihin pa lame excuse.
    Then, if you have an idea Escudero, do it. Wag yan salita.
    Akala mo ang paghanap ng ill gottern wealth ay gaya ng paghanap ng girlfriend.

    Tapusin na yan para Mailibing na rin si Marcos…inaalam pa niya kung ilan ang nabawi bago magpalibing.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EE5LMUQHMXD2Q3PBSSDKBMG7VI Rexy

      kung siya din ang hahawak, palagay lalo lang tatagal, syempre hihingi siya ng malaking pondo. pero di ba kilala ang tatay niya na isa sa friend ni Pres. Marcos?? say mo??

  • LegalJustice

    Plain and Simple: Just replace Mr. Bautista he just talk to much.

    Just transfer it to the Agency of Ombudsman Conchita Morales for sure you will get some result.

  • Guest

    Sabi nga ni Sen. Chiz Escudero: “It’s disappointing that they are throwing in the towel now and
    saying that they can’t prove the case against the Marcoses anymore”. Tsk tsk tsk!

  • Guest

    That’s a very nice analysis. Posible yan. Dahil ang asawa ni Sen. Bongbong na si Liza Marcos is
    from the Araneta-Roxas clan. I am right?

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