By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang is confident that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) could handle the pursuit of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses amid the planned abolition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the proposed PCGG abolition was about streamlining government operations and not about politics.
“At present, the Office of the Solicitor General actually handles the cases filed to run after Marcos ill-gotten wealth while the PCGG actually handles the administrative function,” Abella said during a Palace press briefing.
“Based on the proposal, the OSG can also handle the administrative functions as well,” he said about the OSG absorbing the responsibilities of the PCGG.
Asked if the abolition of the PCGG might affect or slow down government efforts to recover the Marcos wealth, Abella said: “I think it’s a question of streamlining. There’s no politics there.”
He noted that abolishing PCGG would also help “consolidate functions so there will be no overlap.”
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier announced government plans to abolish the PCGG as part of its plan to streamline the bureaucracy and improve delivery of public services.
A decision on the fate of the PCGG, Diokno said, would be made by a committee to be chaired by the Executive Secretary under the bill on rightsizing the national government.
The PCGG was created by then President Corazon Aquino in 1986 to recover the stolen wealth of then President Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies.
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