UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine lawmakers approved a measure Tuesday, May 15, that would essentially strengthen the powers of the Office of the Solicitor General.
In a 162-10 vote, Congress approved a bill abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel.
The PCGG was tasked with tracking down billions of pesos fleeced by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his associates.
The bill, sponsored by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, will transfer powers over to the Office of the Solicitor General, currently ran by Jose Calida.
Representative Ariel Casilao didn’t agree with the lawmakers’ decision to dissolve the PCGG.
He said it absolved the Marcoses of their crimes and was a “step backward” toward holding them accountable, the Business Mirror reported.
Since its establishment in 1986, the PCGG has recovered at least ₱170 billion from the Marcoses and those involved.