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Shoddy relatives

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The government this week bucked Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.’s motion to dismiss a civil case involving a bid to “defraud the government of P426 million invested to produce hybrid coconut seedlings in Palawan.” That’s how the Presidential Commission on Good Government describes it.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Taking stock

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It turns out I wrote 40 columns this year for this newspaper. I know, it should be more than that because my column should appear every Saturday, but I got sidelined by illness, among other reasons for my column not appearing.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Get on with it, PCGG and OSG

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What can the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) be thinking? For that matter, what can the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) be thinking? Why are they just sitting back and scratching their b–s as they wait for the merger of Allied Bank and Philippine National Bank to take place? Why aren’t they going to the Supreme Court and seeking a temporary restraining order, or instituting quo warranto proceedings? Why are they allowing the Filipino people to get screwed (again)?

Posted: February 1st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

To abolish or not to abolish the PCGG

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President Aquino is still studying the surprising proposal of Dean Andres D. Bautista, chair of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to abolish the agency he heads. Understandably, P-Noy wants to think deeply before sweeping into the dustbin of history the first official act of his mother, the late President Cory Aquino.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Present PCGG’s cost-recovery record

This is in reaction to Neal H. Cruz’s Jan. 4 column which made reference to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG). He wrote “…In 26 years of hunting, PCGG officials probably pocketed more money in the form of salaries and allowances than what they have recovered.”

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Historical justice

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The government has been at pains to defend Andres Bautista’s proposal to scrap the Presidential Commission on Good Government, and for good reason. Bautista, head of the PCGG, made his proposal known on New Year’s Day. The hunt for the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth, he said, would now go to the justice department.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PCGG shows lack of will

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Early in the new year, a dispirited Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) sent out signals it had been worn down by battle fatigue in its efforts to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

3 reasons why PCGG should continue its efforts

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I can think of at least three very good reasons why the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) should not be abolished. In fact, after looking at these reasons, the Reader will likely agree with me that not only should it not be abolished, but it should be strengthened.

Posted: January 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

End of the line?

THE FIRST official act of the first Aquino administration was to create a special government agency to run after the Marcoses’ vast hidden wealth. Out of the black letter of Executive Order No. 1, dated Feb. 25, 1986, the Presidential Commission on Good Government emerged. Twenty-seven years and a lengthy if checkered track record later, is it time for the PCGG to close shop, under a second Aquino administration?

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Your move, Supreme Court

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WELL, BULLY for P-Noy’s Presidential Commission on Good Government and its head, Andy Bautista. It has brought up to the Supreme Court for review the decision of the Sandiganbayan (SB) throwing out Civil Case 0005, the Republic of the Philippines’ 25-year-old case against Lucio Tan (LT) et al. The et al. is a long list: the estate of Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos, 26 other individuals (or their heirs), and 18 companies associated with LT, including Allied Bank, Asia Brewery and Fortune Tobacco.

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Recovering things

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Presidential Commission on Good Government chair Andres Bautista proposes that the Department of Tourism turn Imelda Marcos’ jewels into a tourist attraction. Might as well make money off them, he says, until they are auctioned off.

Posted: September 11th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Left holding the bag

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Two decisions handed down this week—one by the Sandiganbayan (SB) on the Lucio Tan case (Civil Case 0005) and the other by the Supreme Court on the Commission on Elections-Smartmatic case—have very serious negative implications for the Filipino people. And, if the news reports on these are accurate, they are lousy as well.

Posted: June 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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