Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II echoed Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s stand to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), the company tasked with recovering the billions of plundered by former President Ferdinand Marcos and his allies.
In truth, Aguirre mentioned the operations of PCGG, which is an hooked up company of the Department of Justice (DOJ), have already began to finish.
”Hindi na magtatagal yan eh. Kung buwagin man ‘yan tapos ipaabsorb sa ‘min, ganun na rin yan eh. Talagang nasa amin na. Naka-attach naman sa ‘min,” he added.
Aguirre mentioned that even the companies below the PCGG are additionally winding up their operations.
”Actually matagal-tagal na rin yan kasi yung PCGG firms, yung below the supervision of PCGG matagal na yan. We are already for winding up na yang operations na yan. Halos matatapos na yan, even yung malalaking firms,” he instructed reporters.
Diokno mentioned the plan to cease the operations of the PCGG was a part of an even bigger proposal to downsize the manager department.
“There are many specific recommendations for policy actions under the rightsizing bill. One such proposal is to abolish the PCGG and to transfer its remaining activities to the Department of Justice,” mentioned Diokno.
Diokno was referring to was accredited by the House of Representatives on third and closing studying on Wednesday, two days after President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address, urged lawmakers to cross the measure.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte and House justice panel Chairman Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro have filed House Bill 5233 looking for to abolish the PCGG and switch all its authorities and tasks to the Office of the Solicitor General (osg).
The House Bills (HB) 5216 and 5233 search to abolish the PCGG and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) as a separate statutory legislation places of work and have its functions merged with the OSG.
The invoice, which can turn into the OSG constitution, proposes to authorize the solicitor normal to grant immunity from legal prosecution to any one who gives data or testifies in any investigation beforehand carried out by the PCGG or future instances investigated by the OSG involving ill-gotten wealth.
Currently, the OSG is hooked up company below DOJ as a result of places of work offering authorized providers to the State. The authorities and the persons are below the DOJ.
Diokno urged that the PCGG functions could also be absorbed by the DOJ.
The PCGG was arrange three a long time in the past, simply after a cold People Power revolt toppled Marcos, to recuperate the estimated $ 10 billion looted by the dictator and his allies throughout his 20 years in energy, which have been marked by large corruption and abuse.
The company has since recovered P170 billion or about .four billion in ill-gotten wealth in addition to jewellery, artwork and different belongings.
Last May 24, Solicitor General Jose C. Calida mentioned that the proposed abolition of the 2 businesses would end in a leaner, cleaner authorities bureacracy in a bid to successfully deal with the individuals’s pressing wants.
“Consolidating the legal services under the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) will eliminate redundant, duplicative and overlapping functions since the OSG, OGCC and PCGG only serve one client – the Republic of the Philippines,” Calida mentioned in an announcement.
“The integration of the functions of the OGCC and PCGG will promote the use of alternative dispute mechanisms, avoid protracted court litigations, and encourage consistency in the legal position of government agencies,” Calida additional defined. (PNA)