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The present chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), Andres Bautista, wants his agency abolished because of the high cost of maintaining it.

This shows that Bautista, who left a high-paying corporate job to join the government of President Noy, is not corrupt.

If Bautista were corrupt, he would insist that the PCGG continue to exist so he could make oodles and oodles of money.

He is so unlike most other PCGG chairs and commissioners who ran the agency before him.

The previous PCGG officials used the perks and privileges of their positions to amass wealth.

One of Bautista’s predecessors  allegedly spent the bribes from PCGG-sequestered corporations and from individuals under investigation by the agency on his lovers.

The same PCGG official also reportedly squandered hundreds of thousands every day at the casinos.

Officials and people who volunteered to work for the PCGG in its early days were worse.

They performed their jobs with spite, vengeance and thievery on their minds.

They allegedly looted the mansions and resorts of the Marcoses and their cronies.

Not content with stealing from the properties of the Marcoses and their cronies and extorting money from sequestered firms, they destroyed whatever things they could get their hands on.

Then President Cory, the President’s mother, probably didn’t know what was going on as these thieves and vandals were not kicked out.

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The PCGG should have been abolished a long time ago, months after it was created to go after the wealth of the Marcoses and their cronies.
Cory Aquino and the presidents who succeeded her didn’t choose well the people who would run the agency.
The PCGG officials  were like  bulls in a china shop.
The Marcos wealth recovered by the PCGG for the government could not equal the amounts of money its rapacious officials had stolen.
President Noy made a very wise choosing Bautista as PCGG head because the latter was honest enough to admit that the government is wasting money on the agency.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    PCCG was the creation of the late Cory.  Corruption began during the time of Salonga.  The agency was intended to go after Marcos wealth but ended up in the pockets of Cory’s men.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    I couldnt help but agree with Andy Bautista, truly he s one honest individual

  • novaliches

    KIm Henares should check the SALN of these commisioners and their cohorts. Probably, they are  the worst or most corrupt of all public official. Truth will be out, with the help of this present govt. Hopefully.

  • archerfan

    kung meron talaga, ilabas na at pakita pruweba.  nung panahon ni cory at ramos, hawak nila gobyerno wala naman lumabas. pati na pagpatay kay ninoy bakit di nila ilabas pruweba kung meron, wala naman nilabas. ngayon hawak ni pnoy lahat ng pwesto, pakita ebidensya para matapos na diba. Kaso di pwede, kasi malaki negosyo ang edsa revolution ekek at yan ang pang hawak at pang uto sa mga uto uto.

  • http://twitter.com/r_eyesian ian reyes

    pareng Mon….magkano nanaman ba ibinigay ni ANDRES sayo…..isasara ito para magtayo ng agency para habulin hidden wealth ni MACOY, FVR, ERAP at GMA….d ba????? mas malaking pagkakitaan ito……MAHINA NA YATA ANG ANALYSIS MO PARENG MON…..mabigyan ka lang ng kaunti puro kna puri……ANDRES magkano bang lagay mo kay TULFO

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TOXHGNYMNIUB5QVWCBTVQ7XOOU Jack

       Bakit kelangan lagyan ni Bautista si Tulfo? Mag isip ka nga.  Ano naman mapapala ni Bautista kung maglagay sya kay Tulfo? 

      • maypakialamtayo

        pasensya kana asar talo yan, basa ng basa sa column ni mon tulfo di naman siya agree lagi sa binabasa, BAWAL NA PLASTIK NGAYON HOY!!

    • http://twitter.com/retoot aris alfaro

      pareng Mon….magkano nanaman ba ibinigay ni ANDRES sayo….mabigyan ka lang ng kaunti puro kna puri……ANDRES magkano bang lagay mo kay TULFO  – at kung hindi nya naman purihin si andres o kung sino mang good public servant in government ay sasabihin mo naman na kesyo hindi kasi siya naaambunan kaya walang papuri. at kung purihin/punain naman ni tulfo ang good deeds nila’y sasabihin mo naman na naambunan. yan ang mga gusto ko sa mga commenters dito e, yun bang may kapal ng mukha na ipakita na talangka ang katauhan. haha….pagkatapos ay mag co-comment ang mga talangka wondering about the mixed nuts state of the country. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MENWTIRL4LOFFERKLPOLDCDO7U San

      bobo naman ng tao nito hahay! @ ian reyes mg.aral ka part tuyo ata utak mo!

  • kilabot

    bautista seems good. 
    let’s hope he is not too good to be true, like noykapon.

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

    yan ka na naman!

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

    Let’s give credit where it is due. Mon pointed out a good point.

    Mr. Bautista is honest enough to tell us that we are wasting our taxes paying for a useless government section.

    How I wish that they would also abolish PARTY LIST system.

  • AllaMo

    And, we should take (ac-dc) mon tulfo’s gospel as truth because? Oh, so he can squeeze more from the malaswa kinulimbat coffers of meldy & brood. Totally eff you and the marcoses, mon…

  • nennen12345

    hurray! at least we know of an honest government official in the name of Andres Bautista.  kudos to you sir!

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

    Sayang si Haydee Yorac, isa sa matinong opisyal ng PCGG, ginugol ang boung panahon sa trabaho. Kailangan natin ng madaming Haydee Yorac sa pinas ng umunlad tayo.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Pero niyorac nila ang pagkatao ni Haydee (RIP).

  • TheComplainer

    actually it is not honest, t is lack of knowhow or street smarts  to go after the marcoses. just look at their lifestyle and you will know that they have “hidden” incomes. bautista is just too clean cut to really face death threats when you go after the marcoses & their cronies.

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

    We need the likes of Atty Andres Bautista in the senate or congress.
    This guy has even been nominated for the CJ position.

    • boybakal

       Ganoon ba, bakit si Sereno ang pinili.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Pareho kasi ang utak ng Presidente.

  • boybakal

    He is honest, no doubt about that.
    But it is not about Honesty, it is about recovering Marcos loot as they say.
    What we need is a Bounty Hunter…50/50 and they will do the job.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UZECTUOAD7JS6QPNSFP7Q4DDZE Benedicto

    Honest & sipsip……..

  • bryant85

    A true declaration beyond doubt or a smoke screen to cover up the done deal agreed with the luscious kickback as the reward? The historical facts addressing the administration of the PCGG as the sole office vested with authority to sequester the illegal properties of the late Marcos revealed that huge payoffs had caused the filing of weak cases against the ill gotten wealth of Marcos so as a result  almost all cases filed met its water loo in the courts. These shysters at the PCGG filed a prone to be dismissed case at the courts because of the payoffs–this matter had already been exposed several years ago so it’s not surprising if this commission will now issue an statement to ask for the abolition of the PCGG Office. For what more is there to recover for these PCGG men when practically they already had gotten their share of these ill gotten Marcos wealth? These Marcoses in the flare of their tempers may even incriminate them once they expose the done deal if these PCGG men aborts from the agreement. Not Sherlock Holmes imposing his will but facts do coupled by the ingrained corrupt practices in government that’s overt for public eye.

    This honest kuno statement is a ludicrous charade. Wika nga bolahin mo ang lelong mong panot.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Are you insinuating that Tulfo was bribed by Bautista to write a favorable column about the latter?

  • jumpah

    Bautistas pockets is full …bat pa siya maghirap? He wants to make a descent escape, hehehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA yahoo-AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA

    congrats mr tulfo..this one is one of your best column..mr.andres bautista is correct, end pcgg and give the case to the doj..i hope that there are more andres bautista in the govt who is honest and sincere..GOD bless to mr bautista.

  • mynnyx

    hehehehehehe……ur right Manong tulfo……………….sana hipuin ni lord yong mga dating pcgg…………

  • Nagagalitna

    God is good dahan dahan na tinutuwid ang mga baluktot sa gov’t. Nawa po panginoon tuloy tuloy na ito para umusad naman ang bayan Pilipinas

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    If PCCG is abolished, Bautista should be appointed to similar sensitive post.

  • Rolly257

    The country badly needs honest and reliable media people…slowly, I can see Mon fits into that category.

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

    As usual, mga kontra sa proposal ni Atty. Bautista ay mga Marcos haters… LOL… good article Mon… 

    • koo mug

       I agree and I am one of those who criticised bautista for giving up and yes I am a Marcos hater. After reading more articles about the subject, I am giving Bautista the benefit of the doubt and is inclined to believe he is an honest official. I dont agree tho that the operation must be stopped. Rather new ways must be devised and tried to run after the Marcos loot. But we must never give up specially now that we see that the Marcoses are ‘nagpapasasa sa yamang ninakaw sa bayan””  Those PCGG crooks in the past that did wrong things must be prosecuted. If they cannot punish those PCGG crooks . If they cant run after them, then maybe they wont succeed in running after the Marcos billions.

  • M C

    Basically, running an agency tasked to “collect” or “recover” assets is more about creativity and ingenuity in devising mechanisms to ferret out the assets or creating systems that shall provide pecuniary benefits while issues of determining ownership are still in flux. In the first place, a conclusion that an asset is “ill gotten” has to presume conclusion of the issue of ownership.  An asset has to be linked to an owner which has to be a physical person. There can only be prosecution if an owner is identified. Can anyone prosecute a “Trust” owned by a “Trust” which is owned by another “Trust”?  While PCGG may have its job cut out as set forth by EO No. 1 decades ago, Mr. Andres could have exercised more wisdom in the pursuit of its objectives. PCGG could have bought information or it may have co-opt banks thru their external counsels. Those Swiss banks are by themselves business entities which have internal and external counsels – human beings who are always subject to the vicissitudes of our temporal existence. While this writer does not condone malfeasance in government, prosecution should play second fiddle to the primary objective of “recovery”. When brains exhibit pea characteristics, the natural tendency is the path of least resistance. In the vernacular, one would say, “wala akong magagawa”. For me, it is literally “hindi nagiisip”.

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