Tuesday, March 28, 2017
PCGG Under Solicitor General: It's Like Letting a Fox into the Chicken House
The statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on plans to streamline the functions of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and put them under the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)
It's like letting a fox into the chicken house. That's the essence of the government's move to put the Solicitor General in charge of recovering the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family.
How can a Marcos defender recover the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses? This is a sick and cruel joke at the expense of Martial law victims and the nation's coffers.
The Solicitor General has an unimpressive track record of pursuing plunderers. Lest we forget, this is the same Solicitor General who wants pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles acquitted from the Benhur Luy detention case, which could undermine the state witness’ testimony and severely weaken the plunder cases filed against public officials involved in the scam.
From giving the late dictator a hero's burial to its plan to abolish the PCGG, this is another attempt by the government to cover up the tracks of the Marcoses and revise their place in history.