PCGG throws in the towel

My compliments to Andy Bautista for his honest assessment of the PCGG today, in spite of his efforts to revamp the same and revitalize the hunt for the vast remainder of Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth. Like most government agencies in the Philippines, the PCGG has been corrupted to the core and has indeed become the Marcos’ greatest ally in protecting their stolen wealth. As Dirty Harry said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” After a good old-fashioned college try, Andy has concluded (and I believe him) that the PCCG today is set-up for failure. By all means, let’s shut it down as soon as possible and plug yet another parasitic drain on taxpayers.

With Marcos’ widow and children back in positions of political power, and the government tightening its belt, the cost of the pursuit has become prohibitive, said Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

“It has become a law of diminishing returns at this point,” Bautista told the Agence France-Presse in an interview at the commission’s offices, a now rundown building where Marcos’ oldest daughter Imee used to hold office.

“It’s been 26 years and people you are after are back in power. At some point, you just have to say, ‘We’ve done our best’, and that’s that. It is really difficult.

“In order now to be able to get these monies back, you need to spend a lot.”

Bautista, 48, left a high-paying corporate job two years ago to answer a call to help the government of President Benigno Aquino, who promised to end corruption and uplift the lives of millions of poor Filipinos.

ferdinand_marcosIt’s nice to hear that the Department of Justice will pick-up where the PCGG left-off but let’s call a spade a spade. This is a prime example of the Philippine Government abdicating at least two of its most important roles; namely, (a) caring for resources that rightfully belong to Filipinos and (b) punishing those who have wronged (in particular, stolen from) Filipinos. This is tantamount to Pontius Pilate washing his hands in front of the lynch mob and handing over Jesus to the same. The difference is, Jesus was innocent; whereas, the Marcoses have already been proven guilty. And unlike Jesus who was at the mercy of the lynch mob, the Marcoses are not only fully funded and protected but are, in fact, capable of eradicating and/or buying-off the lynch mob. It is only the extent of the Marcos’ guilt that is still being determined to this day and such degree of guilt will only be proven worse over the course of time. In short, the Marcoses deserve to be crucified and should be crucified, down to the last heir of Ferdinand and Imelda. Yet, the government has “washed its hands” over the matter.

What now? It appears that mob terrorism (much like the lynch mob of Jesus Christ, only justified this time) is the only remaining recourse, if Filipinos are to exact any justice from the Marcoses. The New People’s Army (NPA for short) has been the longest running terrorist group in contemporary Philippine history and they will finally have an opportunity to redeem themselves–albeit as the terrorists that they are–if only they decide to use a small fraction of their brains. Instead of harassing and/or assassinating inconsequential low-level targets (e.g., Marcos lapdogs like Rolando Abadilla) and/or extorting so-called “revolutionary taxes” from defenseless citizens, the NPA could employ a tried and tested terrorist approach to the Marcoses, which was successfully implemented by the British during the Second Boer War in Southern Africa and by Hitler during World War 2–the Concentration Camp.

Imagine the NPA capturing all of the heirs and extended families of Ferdinand and Imelda, placing them in a concentration camp, then shooting one individual everyday until the Marcos heirs relent and instruct their lawyers, bankers and muchachos to wire transfer and/or return their ill-gotten funds/assets (like the recently recovered paintings of impressionist masters, among others) directly to a Philippine Government account/agency. This could arguably be one case of violence justified and grounds to elevate a terrorist group like the NPA into a national hero! We execute the thieves, we recover the money, we transform a long-time enemy into a long-lost friend and, last but not the least, the Philippines’ sovereign credit rating instantly jumps to investment grade. Talk about a win-win situation when the Philippine government gets out of the way!

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kagbalete
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What’s to stop the Marcos family from doing the same tactics on the NPA? An eye for an eye….

Rosa
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“This could arguably be one case of violence justified and grounds to elevate a terrorist group like the NPA into a national hero! We execute the thieves, we recover the money, we transform a long-time enemy into a long-lost friend and, last but not the least, the Philippines’ sovereign credit rating instantly jumps to investment grade.”

Who made you judge, jury and executioner?

ChinoF
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Using the NPA would have been interesting if they were themselves (at least some of their leaders) not allied with established political families. I remember my mom telling me that my late dad, when he was a young Philippine Constabulary Officer, was once asked to escort a mysterious passenger from Manila to Hacienda Luisita. When they arrived, lo and behold, my dad’s shock when he saw coming out of the escorted car Bernabe Buscayno – Kumander Dante. I’m sure the alliance today goes further than that.

17Sphynx17
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I’m sorry but the proposition is too extreme. I do not see how that would even improvement our outlook for investors abroad. You are basically supporting vigilantism while at the same time advocating removal of NPA of any guilt after 1 act which you desire they do in this scenario. It is sad when your mindset has stooped to that level to “resolve” a problem. I would have agreed on a complete overhaul of the government/system. A revamp if you will, even to the extent of a new constitution to be crafted to fix our woes. But nowhere in that… Read more »
joeld
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“The difference is, Jesus was innocent; whereas, the Marcoses have already been proven guilty.”

It has been 26 years for the Aquinos trying to prove the Marcoses guilty. Dont you think if they were really guilty, then they would still be where they are now? 26 years, with all the resources and all the means to prove their point and up to now, they still have to make it stick.

Nebulae
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wow. i’d rather execute barbarians like you who resort to such tactics than the marcoses. i may be too young for i wasn’t even born yet when the marcoses ruled the philippines. fine there are many anectodal evidences of the abuse of power that time, but the so called ill gotten wealth? if all those accusations are true, how come i have yet to see hear undeniable evidence that they really stole that much from the people? if they have undeniable proof, shouldn’t they all be jailed by now? i used to love get real philippines. but a lot of… Read more »
joeld
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This article is poorly written. The author obviously did not make enough effort to validate the points which he deemed facts. To sum it all up, I think this article goes against the GRP site’s “We beg to differ”. Critical thinking is at a minimum if not nil.

http://www.mabuhayradio.com/dissenting-opinion/demonizing-marcos-corruption-while-ignoring-cory-s-misguided-economics

sendonggirl
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grp standards lowered for 2013

ChinoF
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Cecilio Arillo in A Country Imperiled would disagree a lot with this.

Billy
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The NPA idea sounds like a plan, man ;>

Billy
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As Proudhon and Shakespeare said: “Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government. Thieves for their robbery have authority when judges steal themselves.” Even so, the proof of how much was stolen is clear and can be found here: Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Marcos / Arelma Deposit Case: http://star.worldbank.org/corruption-cases/node/18500 Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos / Accounts in names of associates: http://star.worldbank.org/corruption-cases/node/18498 Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos (Switzerland): http://star.worldbank.org/corruption-cases/node/18497 Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos (WestLB account): http://star.worldbank.org/corruption-cases/node/18496… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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Bottom line… The ends does not justify the means. Bloody mass murder of an entire family by the NPA goes beyond the rule of law. It will validate the vicious past of the thousands of comrades who were tortured and murdered in the communist purges. I hate Jose Maria Sison and I most certainly hate Pol Pot. May they both burn in hell!

santopapa
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Even if they weren’t apparently allied to political clans, the thought of using the NPA to carry out such whimsical actions is unthinkable, straight out of fairy tales if I must say. Even more so, despite the Philippine govt’s delisting of the commies are terrorists, in the eyes of the world they still are terrorists. And if I may infer, probably a good number of Filipinos will consider them such as well. Why not use government assets instead? Does the military abductions of activists ring a bell? With regards to your use of the words “concentration camp”, it is a… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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The scam committed by the Aquinos and the Conjuangcos in obtaining the Hacienda Luyisita , is more than the wealth stolen by Marcos. They do not even touch the issue with a ten foot pole. Many of the politicians, have multi million dolllars account in foreign banks. It is even rumored that, Fidel Ramos and his family owned the Seafood City, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
So, you are just wasting your time pursuing these crooks…Enrile and Honasan have foreign bank accounts in millions…

Joe
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OK,now wait a second here,lets lighten it up a li’l bit,huh?

the old joke goes? how you say? whaaat?oh yeah….
What do you call 300 members of congress at the bottom of the pacific ocean?