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LIFE AFTER PCGG

Hunt for Marcos ‘loot’ to continue

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Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Even as people continue to debate the issue of abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), Malacañang on Thursday said the agency that was created to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had to be abolished eventually.

But it would be up to Congress to determine the appropriate time for it, said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Going by President Corazon Aquino’s Executive Order No. 1 which created the commission, the PCGG was “never meant to be a permanent institution,” Lacierda said.

“Why? Because at a certain point, all cases will be filed, all cases will be decided,” he said.

PCGG Chair Andres Bautista ignited a minor controversy when he announced on New Year’s Day that he had recommended to President Aquino that the government wind down the PCGG’s operations, which some quarters interpreted as giving up on the recovery of the Marcos ill-gotten loot and the prosecution of the dictator’s family and his cronies.

DOJ to take over

 

Lacierda said Bautista recognized the fact that “at some point, all the cases will be transferred to the Department of Justice, and I’m sure the DOJ will be more than prepared to handle the cases.”

But the Office of the President would have to first study Bautista’s recommendation, he said.

Lacierda also said it would be up to Congress to determine whether the time is right for legislation to abolish the PCGG.

“There’s a transition process and the ill-gotten wealth cases will continue,” he said.

Lacierda stressed that the government would continue to pursue the ill-gotten wealth cases against the Marcos family and associates even if the PCGG is abolished.

“The cases which are now pending before the various courts are going to continue. The party in interest is the Republic of the Philippines and, therefore, even if assuming any recommendation will be acted favorably by the President—and I’m saying this only as an assumption—the cases will still continue,” he said.

Further study

 

He said the President had ordered a further study of Bautista’s recommendation, which he made in 2011, to wind down the PCGG’s operations, transfer its work to the Department of Justice and its assets to the Department of Finance.

He said he had no knowledge of the Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s disclosure that the

President was inclined to abolish the PCGG.

“The (Office of the President) is still studying that recommendation. There are a number of details that need to be vetted,” he said.

Lawyer Frank Chavez, who was Solicitor General when the first Aquino administration began its pursuit of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth, supports the idea of abolishing PCGG but said its work should be transferred to his former office.

“It should be given back to the Office of the Solicitor General,’’ Chavez said in a text message.

He said he had advocated for the abolition of the PCGG 10 years ago.

“But the search and fight for the recovery of the Marcos loot should continue otherwise the fight against corruption would be useless and meaningless,’’ Chavez said.

Crocodiles in the gov’t

 

“All the crocodiles in government should just henceforth be left alone,’’ he said.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III said the DOJ should form a special unit that will continue the hunt for the ill-gotten Marcos wealth.

If the PCGG cases are transferred to the DOJ, “there should be a special unit that will handle the cases 24/7,” he said.

Guingona, who chairs the blue ribbon committee, the panel on the accountability of public officers, said he would make sure that “government won’t just abandon pending cases to the prejudice of the party litigants.” With a report from Christine Avendaño


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Tags: Government , Human rights , Ill-gotten wealth , Marcoses , Martial law , PCGG


  • kayanatwo

    04jan2013

    nobody asked me, but…the govt.should display the “confiscated” jewels (ill-gotten) now locked inside the BSP vault and the recovered (arts) painting from the marcoses digs in nyc (if there are any still left) for juan dela cruz to see.

    let juan dela cruz see the  expensive shoes and “ternos” that imeldefic acquired during their stay at malacanang palace that are now collecting mold and rotting inside the national archive’s depository.

    the exhibit,  (if there would be one),  might help to jug juan dela cruz’ memory when (h)e personally see with his own 2 eyes the shear volume and large amount of money used to buy the jewels and personal arts collection that  the marcos’ clan collected which most of it was funded by his taxes.  

    never again……should juan dela cruz let the marcoses to have the second go-round.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Hay naku! Ano bang mga pinagsasasabi nyong “ill-gotten wealth”? After 26 years eh ngayon nyo lang hahanapin? Para kayong nagpapakahirap sa wala! Ano na ngayon ang value ng mga hinahanap nyo,matanong ko lang?
    …..Look,that was 1986 when Marcoses leave the country,BUT where are they now?Ayun! Nakaupo pa at pinasusuweldo nyo! In short,umiikot lang na parang gulong ng palad.Katulad na din ng kaso ni GMA,Ayun! Habang kinakaliskisan nyo eh pinasusuweldo nyo pa rin dahil nakaupo pa bilang Representative ng Pampangga.Tapos kapag nawala na si Pnoy sa posisyon,siya naman ang babatikusin ng kalaban,BUT,syempre kailangan eh may posisyon muna na mapapasukan bago kaliskisan para diretso pa din ang tinatawag na “Flow of sources in life”….Hay naku! Papunta pa lang kayo eh pabalik na ako.Di lang tayo pwedeng magkasalubong dahil “One way” ang daanan….LOL!

  • bilango71

    No offense to Bautista, maybe PCGG needs a new head.

  • AllaMo

    Going after the kleptocratic loot was never enough to balance the scales of justice. What is more important is that this family (and cronies) of democratic despoilers have never received a just retribution for their misdeeds. At the least, all of these marcoses(pwe) should be perennially banned from (even) running for public office retroactively.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PJDYKIR5QPZQQOXKY5Y6T5QKTU Mang

    The PCGG needs to be abolished since it is a failure and needs to be replaced with one that can really do the job.  I agree that we should still continue to run after Imelda and what she knows.  For many years the PCGG failed to discover that the Marcoses were hauling gold bullion from the PASAR smelting facility in Leyte.  Most of you do not even know this, that gold is extracted as an impurity from copper anodes.  I’m surprised why no one in Leyte was asked about this or the helicopter pilots who transported the gold, or why Filipinos do not know that PASAR still produces gold today, and who benefits from it?  Or why we are simply giving away our gold so easily?

  • ever green

    LOOTING OF MARCOS “LOOT” TO CONTINUE……

  • Guest

    Nakapangalan lang sa Marcos cronies ang mga yaman ng Marcos. Alam naman nila yan, like the Ongpins, Romualdez etc. Habulin nyo!

    • Guest

      Korek. Pwede pang mabawi yang mga pera ng taumbayan na ninakaw ng mga Marcoses. Hindi papayag ang Aquino government. Ano sila sinuswerti?

  • vwmdabbler

    Bukod sa pagpapatuloy ng paghahanap at pagbabalik ng natitira pang $6 Billion (ayon sa balita, $4 Billion na ang natagpuan at naibalik na sa Pilipinas) na tinatayang ninakaw ni FEMarcos at patuloy na itinatago ng kanyang mga anak at asawa, hindi ba dapat at mas mabisa kung tayo ay magkaroon ng isang docukemetadong ‘educational and information’ campaign para mahigit nating maunawaan ang kahindik-hindik at kawalang kunsensiya ni FE Marcos at ng kanyang mga anak at asawa? Kawalang kunsensiya at kasamaan na sumira sa ating ekonomiya at collective self-respect na nagtaboy sa ating mga kababayang Pilipino na mangibang bansa, maging OFW, kahit na sila ay abusuhin at kung minsan dayain sa mga bansang kanilang kinasadlakan. Ang kampanyang ito ay ating i-focus sa mga kabataang Pilipino (pati na o lalo na iyong lumaki matapos masipa ang mga Marcoses nuong 1986) para maunawaan nila ang kasamaang idinulot sa Pilipinas ng pamilya Marcoses. Sa pamamagitan nito, malaki ang pagkakataon na pandidirihan ng mga nakakarami sa atin ang mga natitira pang miembro ng pamilya Marcos at lalaki ang chance na hindi na sila magtatagal sa kanilang mga kasalukunang puwesto sa pamahalaan at, mas mahalaga, mawawala na sila sa mga maaaring maupo at tumira sa Malakanyang.

  • disqusted0fu

    Along with abolishing the PCGG, should also be the abolishment of Edwin Lacierda’s department since they just either dismiss issues or pass it on to other departments. His department is of minimal use.

  • Guest

    Pero dapat magkaroon ng auditing sa mga na-recover na ill-gotten wealth ng mga Marcoses. Kasi
    karamihan diyan naibulsa ng past administrations



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