• Gov’t agency press for seizure of Bugarin properties

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    THE Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) said it would push for the issuance of writ of execution on a number of properties left behind by late Jolly Bugarin said to be part of ill-gotten wealth of former president Ferdinand Marcos following the Supreme Court decision upholding Commission’s forfeiture case on said properties.

    PCGG Chairman Andes Bautista said PCGG’s lawyers in coordination with the lawyers from the Office of Solicitor General are now preparing the documents for the filing of a petition for writ of execution before the Supreme Court.

    Bautista said the Supreme Court decision gave the go signal for the forfeiture of a number of properties in favor of the government left behind by Bugarin supposedly acquired when he headed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from 1968 to 1980 in excess of his government compensation.

    Aside from personal property such as shares of stocks of the Manila Polo and Makati Sports Clubs, the Supreme Court decision also upheld the forfeiture of real properties that included two houses in Greenhills, San Juan City, two Valle Verde properties in Pasig City, nine residential lots in Tagaytay City and another two lots in Calapan and Puerto Galera in Mindoro province.

    The PCGG chief also noted that such properties are part of Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth put under the names of Bugarin heirs.

    An insider at the PCGG earlier said that the Commission has another jurisprudence to bank on with regards to several other forfeiture cases now pending before the different courts including the Sandiganbayan and the Supreme Court, particularly pertaining to the cases against Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth, with the recent Supreme Court decision on Bugarin case.

    The source also said that the decision on Bugarin’s case, which was separate and not related with the Marcoses’ forfeiture cases was among the first cases the Commission filed against a known associate of the late strongman.

    The PCGG earlier lauded the Supreme Court decision and noted that the change in leadership at the judiciary has actually “leveled the playing field.”

    The Commission expressed hope that it would have better chance of favorable decision on Marcos ill-gotten wealth cases following the ouster of former chief justice Renato Corona.

    It was noted that PCGG has suffered five consecutive losses at the Sandiganbayan in 2012 and 2013 that included the junking of its forfeiture case filed against business tycoon Lucio Tan.

    The PCGG earlier expressed dismay with the anti-graft court’s decision dismissing the government’s case against Tan, a well-known crony and ally of Marcos. But the Commission has vowed to keep a close watch of the pending cases before the Sandiganbayan following its recent ruling of Supreme Court on the Bugarin case.

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