The Philippine authorities agency working to get well the ill-gotten billions amassed by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos could also be scrapped.
The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) may very well be among the many casualties of a bid to “rightsize” the federal government.
The PCGG was arrange after the “People Power” revolution to get well the estimated $10 billion looted by the dictator and his allies throughout his 20 years in energy.
The agency has since recovered 170 billion pesos or about $three.four billion in ill-gotten wealth, together with jewelry, artwork and different belongings.
It is continuous its efforts to discover hundreds of thousands extra, together with priceless artworks by masters akin to Michelangelo and Picasso.
Speaking to reporters as we speak (Wednesday, July 26), Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno stated: “They don’t do something. What do they do?
“There are many particular suggestions for coverage actions beneath the rightsizing invoice.
“One such proposal is to abolish the PCGG and to transfer its remaining activities to the Department of Justice.”
The invoice in query — the Rightsizing the National Government Act of 2017 — is one in every of President Duterte’s legislative priorities and is at the moment pending approval in Congress.
Mr Diokno stated the proposed rightsizing programme had a “function-based approach that would abolish executive agencies with overlapping or redundant operations and functions that result in ineffective and inefficient in the delivery of public services”.
Jean Enriquez, of human rights coalition iDEFEND, stated she was “shocked” purchase the announcement, including: “This is absolutely an enormous blow to human rights teams, particularly those that have been towards the Marcos dictatorship.
“This administration seeks to absolve the Marcoses from their responsibility to the Filipino people.”
The announcement is barely the newest growth within the political rehabilitation of the Marcos clan, which has accelerated since President Duterte moved in to the Malacañang.
The late-dictator’s son, Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos narrowly misplaced the vice presidential election final yr. An attraction over his defeat by Leni Robredo is pending. BongBong has made no secret of his want to sooner or later win the presidency.
Imelda Marcos, whose monumental assortment of footwear made worldwide headlines when the household was ousted from the Malacañang in 1989, sits within the House of Representatives. Her daughter, Imee, is the Governor of the family’s political stronghold in Ilocos Norte.
President Duterte has overtly supported the household, giving the inexperienced gentle for the late-dictator to be buried within the national hero’s cemetery on account of his warfare service final November.
He has additionally expressed his assist for BongBong’s bid to overturn the results of final summer season’s vice-presidential election.