MANILA - Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has claimed the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), the agency established after the 1986 EDSA revolution tasked to recover ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses, has been abolished.
In a forum in Quezon City, Marcos was asked about the issue of “moving on” which was floated by her sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.
Marcos refused to answer the question categorically, saying the issue is more than 30 years old.
“What are we going to do about it now? PCGG has been abolished,” he said.
The PCGG, however, still exists but the House of Representatives has approved a bill for its abolition.
President Duterte has also announced that he wants the PCGG to be replaced by an “anti-graft” body.
But, in a statement, the PCGG, under acting Chairman Reynold Munsayac, said that the agency has not been abolished and in fact, continues to do its work.
"As far as we know, the proposed bill that would abolish PCGG was only approved in the House of Representatives but not in the Senate. Currently, PCGG is still existing and continuing to perform its mandates and functions,” the PCGG said.
Asked about supposed negotiations ongoing between the Marcoses and the Duterte government, the dictator's only son and namesake said: "I don't know of any negotiations of alleged stolen anything, there are no negotiations going on on any stolen anything."
Marcos also downplayed the statement of President Duterte that he wants either him or Senator Chiz Escudero to succeed him, as well as the criticism from the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo that constitutional succession must be followed.
“I don't think there was any question, that the president was saying anything that is unconstitutional, so I don’t know what that comment was referring to," he said.
Marcos also thanked his loyal supporters for staying by his side in his pending electoral protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. “Thank you at sana hindi kayo magsawa sa inyong pagtulong at pagmamahal."