Palace: Govt to continue hunt for Marcos ill-gotten wealth

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Malacañang on Friday reiterated that the government’s efforts to recover  the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family will continue despite the proposal to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

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Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Office of the President (OP) is studying the proposal to shut down the commission.

PCGG Chairman Andres Bautista has earlier announced the commission’s plan to wind up its operations and transfer the prosecution of Marcos cases to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Lacierda said the search and recovery of ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and their cronies will not stop and that cases pending before various courts will continue to be prosecuted.

“What PCGG would like to stress is that the Republic has not stopped the recovery work,” he said. “Their mandate is to recover ill-gotten wealth,” he told reporters.

The creation of the PCGG was among the first laws enacted during the early months of the administration of the late President Cory Aquino.

Among the commission’s latest recovery of three paintings in the United States which are believed to be part of the missing art collection of the Marcoses. Some 146 paintings are yet to be recovered.

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