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Sleeping with the enemy: Group accuses Duterte of conniving with Marcoses to abolish PCGG

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President Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of being behind the bill abolishing the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to allow the revival of the Marcos family in the country.

Rights group Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) made the accusation since the abolition of the PCGG is seen hindering the retrieval of ill-gotten wealth from the family of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

“Abolishing the PCGG is a treacherous move to block further recovery of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth. That’s the Duterte government in cahoots with the Marcoses,” said SALDA chair Trinidad Herrera-Repuno in a statement on Friday (May 18).

“While we had criticized the PCGG’s inefficiency and lackadaisical manner in the recovery of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth, abolition of the agency is far worse. This action goes along with the grand scheme of the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses, now sponsored by the Duterte government,” she added.

Recently, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 7376 which would abolish the PCGG and hand over its role to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

“Transferring the PCGG functions to a government agency headed by a Marcos apologist like Solicitor General Jose Calida is lunacy to say the least, but what can you expect from Malacanang?” Repuno quipped.

”We even think Calida is put to this task because he has proven himself to be much in favor of the Marcoses. He defended the hero’s burial of Marcos. He was callous enough to announce that he was open to a compromise agreement with the the family. What could be more perfect in economically sustaining and politically rehabilitating the Marcoses than by assigning another Marcos fan from the Duterte administration who can be depended upon to kill any move against the Marcoses,” added SELDA vice-chairperson Danny dela Fuente.

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