The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) is a quasi-judicial agency that was created during the administration of President Corazon Aquino, its primary duty was to recover ill-gotten wealth accumulated during the time Ferdinand Marcos was the president.
Current and incumbent President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte was the one who made a proposal to expand the powers of the PCGG, instead of just focusing on the ill gotten wealth accumulated by Marcos and his cronies, he suggested that it should include the ill-gotten wealth of other corrupt public officials.
Before, during, and after the presidential campaign it was not a secret to the public that Duterte is in good graces with the Marcoses, it was during his presidency that finally the last wishes of the former President Marcos and his family was granted- that he be laid in the Libingan ng mga Bayani inside Fort Bonifacio.
In to the second year of his administration it was reported in the philippine news agency website, another significant development that shows the trust being reposited by the Marcoses to Duterte.
President Duterte disclosed to the public that the family of former president Marcos is willing “open everything” and “return” to the Philippine government some wealth in question, including a few gold bars.
“The Marcoses -- I will not name the spokesman -- sabi nila na they’ll open everything and probably return ‘yung nakita lang,” the President said during his speech after the mass oath-taking of newly-appointed government officials in Malacañang.
“Sabi nila na, ‘malaki ang deficit mo sa… maybe this year, ang projected deficit spending would be big,’ sabi niya. Baka makatulong. Pero hindi ito malaki,” Duterte narrated.
“But we are ready to open and bring back, sabi niya, ‘pati ‘yung a few gold bars.’ Hindi ganun kalaki, it’s not a Fort Knox, it’s just a few. But sabi nila, isauli nila para walang ano,” Duterte said.
The president further narrated that an explanation was given by the Marcose for the wealth in question and that he was accepting it.
“And the only reason really was sabi nila, that the father was protecting the economy. Now, of course, the eventual kung maalis siya. But he was thought of regaining the Malacañan and that is why ganito ang lumabas. Parang naitago,” he said. *
“I will accept the explanation, whether or not it is true, wala na eh. And they are ready to return. How much, they would give me an accounting,” Duterte said.
The president told media that he is on the hunt for a party not identified with any concerned party to handle the negotiations.
“So I am now scouting around. I have yet to select the guy para walang duda. Baka sabihin na naman ‘nag-hao-siao,’ there is a back channeling,” he said.
“I’m looking at a former Chief Justice. Sila na lang mag-usap. Then another certified public accountant (CPA), and maybe a representative of all that is accepted also by all. Para… So that tatlong tao ‘yan, mag-usap sa kanila,” Duterte said.
Reports from PNA.gov.ph