BY: Agence France-Presse
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s authorities plans to abolish the company tasked with recovering the billions of plundered by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his allies, a cupboard member mentioned Wednesday.
The announcement was the most recent improvement within the outstanding political rehabilitation of the Marcos clan, which has accelerated since household ally Duterte turned president final yr.
“They don’t do anything. What do they do?” Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno mentioned as he advised reporters the federal government deliberate to scrap the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
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 had been marked by large corruption and abuse.
The company has since recovered 170 billion pesos or about $three.four billion in ill-gotten wealth in addition to jewelry, artwork and different property.
But it’s nonetheless working to discover hundreds of thousands extra, together with 200 items of artwork by masters like Michelangelo and Picasso, alleged to have been bought by the Marcos household.
Jean Enriquez, spokeswoman of iDEFEND, a human rights coalition, expressed shock on the announcement, saying “this is really a huge blow to human rights groups especially those who have been against the Marcos dictatorship.”
“This administration seeks to absolve the Marcoses from their responsibility to the Filipino people,” she mentioned, recalling the robust ties between Duterte and the Marcos household.
Despite the death of the dictator in exile in Hawaii in 1989, his household has been making a political comeback within the Philippines with his widow, Imelda, and their kids getting elected to workplace.
Duterte has overtly supported the Marcos household, cheering on the Marcos son, Ferdinand Jr, in his failed bid for the vice-presidency final yr. The Marcos household is understood to be grooming him for the presidency as effectively.
In November, Duterte surprised the nation by permitting the physique of the late dictator to be buried within the national “Heroes’ Cemetery” regardless of a widespread outcry that his abuses and corruption exempted him from such an honour.
Although a regulation can be required to abolish the PCGG, Diokno mentioned the Duterte administration was drafting a invoice permitting it to do away with authorities workplaces just like the fee as a part of a streamlining course of.
Diokno expressed confidence the invoice can be handed as key leaders of Congress, managed by Duterte allies, have declared their assist.