Hunt for Marcos loot goes on
Lawmakers, human rights victims split on PCGG move
By Christine O. Avendaño, Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 3, 2013
Sen. Joker Arroyo, the executive secretary when President Corazon Aquino issued her first executive order that created the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) in 1986 to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, and other lawmakers are supporting the PCGG recommendation to wind down its work as it has outlived its usefulness.
Other lawmakers and a group of victims of human rights violation during the 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos object to the abolition of the PCGG. They said dissolving the commission would send the signal that those in power could commit crimes and get away with it.
Although Edwin Lacierda, spokesperson of Mr. Aquino, said that the President was still studying the recommendation to abolish the PCGG, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the “mindset” of the President was that the commission need not continue its work.
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