PNoy: No decision yet on PCGG abolition

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2013 04:06 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 12:06 AM

MANDAUE CITY, CEBU -- President Aquino has not yet decided on whether he would adopt the proposal of Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chair Andres Bautista to abolish the agency.

Speaking to reporters, Aquino said he wants to first make sure that the PCGG is able to finish its task in recovering the Marcoses' ill-gotten wealth.

"Gusto nating masigurado muna bago tayo magposisyon na natapos na ang dapat gawin ng PCGG. Pero malaki-laki pa ang mga dapat marekover. May mga ongoing pa tulad ng mga paintings sa New York kung tama ang tanda ko. May others pa na mga binabanggit. Tapos na nga ba 'yung paghahanap nila nitong hidden wealth at pwede nang iatas sa ating mga prosecutors, Ombudsman and other entities in the judicial branch of our system?" he said.

Aquino said he has yet to formally meet with Bautista, and that he first wants to study the proposal.

"Imbes na magmadali tayo kung ipanatili o i-abolish, maniguro tayo na natapos na ang trabaho. Nag-foster siya ng opinion. Gusto kong makita ang detalye kung bakit iyon ang opinyon niya," he said.

Bautista earlier said the PCGG could wind down its operations and pass on the pursuit of the Marcos cases to the Department of Justice.