Corruption News in the Philippines

Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. has asked the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to help realize a corruption-free country by decisively pursuing plundered wealth and returning it to the national coffers.

In his message to PCGG’s 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, Ochoa said President Benigno Aquino III was four-square against corruption, and the PCGG must pitch in to restore integrity and honesty in all transactions of government.

“This is now the present and compelling challenge faced by our government and our anti-corruption agencies like the PCGG. We must investigate thoroughly, punish those who have raided the country’s treasury and effect a ‘climate change’ in government – from a graft-ridden regime in the past to an integrity-driven government today and tomorrow,” Ochoa said.

The PCGG was created in 1986 by then President Corazon Aquino under a revolutionary government, whose task was to recover wealth illegally-acquired by the Marcoses and their cronies.

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