SolGen can't be trusted to recover Marcos wealth: Ex-CHR chief


Posted at May 17 2018 10:49 AM | Updated as of May 17 2018 10:57 AM

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MANILA - The Solicitor General should not be allowed to assume the functions of a body tasked to recover the Marcos family's $10 billion in ill-gotten wealth, a victim of human rights abuse under the regime said Thursday.

The current Solicitor General, Jose Calida, is a "loyalist" of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and was part of an alliance that supported defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr in 2016, said former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales.

The House of Representatives this week passed on third and final reading the "Office of the Solicitor General Charter," which will effectively abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government.

The PCGG was created by Marcos' successor, former President Corazon Aquino after the restoration of democracy in 1986. Its specific mandate was to recover $10 billion that Marcos and his cronies allegedly pillaged from public coffers.

"He headed that pagkatapos he will run after the ill-gotten wealth of Marcos. Naloloko ba tayo. Nililinlang tayo niyan. He will never do that," Rosales told ANC Early Edition, referring to Calida's alleged ties with Marcos Jr.

(Are we going crazy? He will never run after the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.)

Calida also defended before the Supreme Court the government's decision to allow Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in 2016.

Around $6 billion of the total $10 billion of the Marcoses' ill-gotten wealth have yet to be recovered, Rosales said.

Rosales said placing the PCGG's functions under the Solicitor General would make forging a compromise deal between the government and the Marcos family easier.