GUEVARRA OP­POSES ABO­LI­TION OF PCGG, OGCC

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - —DONA Z. PAZZIBUGAN

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Guevarra dis­agrees with the pro­posal by some law­mak­ers to abol­ish the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion on Good Gov­ern­ment (PCGG) and the Of­fice of the Gov­ern­ment Cor­po­rate Coun­sel (OGCC).

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Tues­day ap­proved a new char­ter for the Of­fice of the Solic­i­tor Gen­eral (OSG).

Un­der the mea­sure, the PCGG and the OGCC will be abol­ished and the OSG will take over their func­tions.

The PCGG and OGCC are un­der the Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) while the OSG is an at­tached agency of the DOJ.

“We re­spect the ac­tion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives but we’ll main­tain our po­si­tion to keep the PCGG and the OGCC un­der the wings of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice,” Guevarra said in a text mes­sage on Thurs­day.

He said he did not think that the pro­posed OSG char­ter would be passed by Congress since there was no coun­ter­part bill in the Se­nate.

The PCGG was tasked to re­cover the ill-got­ten wealth of the late dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos and his cronies.

It now over­sees se­questered cor­po­ra­tions and as­sets.

The OGCC rep­re­sents all gov­ern­ment-owned and -con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions.

Un­der the House pro­posal, the OSG will be­come sep­a­rate from the DOJ.

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