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Walang tiwala kay Calida: Guevarra opposes abolition of PCGG, OGCC

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has upheld the stand of his predecessor not to abolish the Philippine Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC).

On the other hand, Guevarra said he respect the decision of the House of Representatives to pass the bill abolishing the two agencies and delegate its functions to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

“We respect the action of the HoR. But we’ll maintain our position to keep PCGG and the OGCC under the wings of the DOJ,” he said on Thursday (May 17).

When he was still Secretary, Aguirre submitted to the House last May 2017 a position paper on the bill which will make the OSG no longer under the DOJ.

“It is our view that the OSG should continue to be an agency attached to the DOJ, mainly because the powers and functions of the OSG are devolved from this Department’s power as the ‘principal law agency of the government and as legal counsel and representative thereof’,” Aguirre said in his position paper.

“Likewise, there should not be a distortion of powers and functions between the Secretary of Justice as Attorney General and Solicitor General,” he added.

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