Imee welcomes move to abolish PCGG

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola 

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos welcomed on Friday the passage of the bill that would abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), the agency running after the Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth.

Marcos said the House of Representative’s approval PCCG’s abolition is a “welcome development” for her family as she said it is long overdue.

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos

“Well, sa amin, yung PCGG abolition is a welcome development. Although hindi ko alam kung uusad sa Senado, ang aking alam ay talagang overdue na (Well, for us, the abolition of PCGG is a welcome development. Although I don’t know if it would prosper in the Senate, what I know is that it really overdue),” Marcos told reporters at the sidelines of the Villar SIPAG’s 5th Food Festival in Las Piñas City Friday.

“Dahil dun sa batas mismo ni Presidente Aquino dapat ay isang taon lang ang PCGG. Bakit tumagal nang tumagal ng higit trenta anyos. Kay nakakapagtaka talaga (Because under the law of President Corazon Aquino, the PCGG should only last one year. Why did it take more than 30 years? That is why it’s suspicious),” she added.

The eldest daughter of the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos was referring to former President Corazon Aquino’s first executive order, which created the PCGG on Feb. 28, 1986. She, however, did not specify which of its provisions implied that PCGG’s mandate should last only one year.