Imee Marcos: PCGG should have been abolished 30 years ago

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) — The Presidential Commission of Good Government (PCGG), the agency tasked to recover alleged ill-gotten wealth of former President Ferdinand Marcos, should have been abolished long ago, the late strongman's daughter said.

"Talagang overdue na dahil dun sa batas mismo ni President (Corazon) Aquino isang taon lang dapat yung PCGG. Kung bakit tumagal nang tumagal ng higit 30 anyos… Nakakapagtaka talaga," Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said Friday.

[Translation: "That's long overdue because in President Aquino's executive order, the PCGG should last for one year but it stayed for 20 years. It's really puzzling."]

Former President Corazon Aquino created the PCGG in 1987 as her first act as the country's leader. But contrary to Marcos' claim, Aquino's executive order did not mention a one-year existence for the PCGG.

The lawmaker said the Marcos family welcomes the move of the House of Representatives to pass House Bill 7376 which seeks to abolish the PCGG and have the Office of the Solicitor General take over its functions.

An overwhelming 162 lawmakers voted for the PCGG's abolition, while only 10 were against it.

"Hindi ko alam kung uusad sa Senado (I just don't know if it will be passed by Senate)," Marcos said.

A counterpart bill is still being deliberated at the Senate but Senator Richard Gordon, who chairs the justice committee, says he is not in favor of transferring the powers of the PCGG to the Office of the Solicitor General because the PCGG needs to be independent so it could recover more of the alleged hidden wealth.

As of 2015, the PCGG had recovered a third of the estimated $10 billion (around P506 billion) of the Marcos wealth. It had also filed 248 cases against the Marcoses and their cronies.

Will a Marcos run for Senate?

Marcos meanwhile said the family is yet to determine who among them will run for Senate next year.

"Si Bongbong na-stuck up na dun sa kanyang protesta. Ayaw naman niyang bitiwan so mukhang nag-usap kami sa pamilya namin baka iba na yung tatakbo sa national sa susunod na taon, so tignan natin," she said.

[Translation: "Bongbong is stuck up on his (election) protest. He does not want to give it up so our family talked about having someone else run in next year's elections, so we'll see."]

Former Senator and vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is contesting the election of Vice President Leni Robredo, claiming he should have won.

CNN Philippines' Cecille Lardizabal and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.