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PCGG settles Marcos tax cases
The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) has finally settled the tax cases filed against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family. The settlement was reached after years of legal battles and negotiations between the PCGG and the Marcoses.
The tax cases against the Marcoses were filed in the 1980s, after the PCGG was created to recover the ill-gotten wealth amassed by the Marcos regime. The cases involved alleged tax evasion, fraud, and other financial crimes committed by the Marcoses during their time in power.
The settlement agreement, which was signed by the PCGG and the Marcoses’ representatives, requires the Marcoses to pay a total of Php 4.4 billion in taxes and penalties. The amount includes Php 3.3 billion in unpaid taxes and Php 1.1 billion in penalties and interest.
The settlement is a significant victory for the PCGG, which has been working tirelessly to recover the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth for over three decades. The commission has faced numerous challenges and setbacks in its efforts to recover the wealth, including legal obstacles, political interference, and the Marcoses’ refusal to cooperate.
The settlement also sends a strong message to other corrupt officials and their families that they cannot escape accountability for their crimes. It shows that the government is committed to pursuing justice and recovering stolen public funds, no matter how long it takes.
However, some critics have raised concerns about the settlement, arguing that the amount agreed upon is too low and that the Marcoses should have been made to pay more. They also point out that the Marcoses have yet to admit to any wrongdoing or apologize for the atrocities committed during their regime.
Despite these criticisms, the settlement is a significant step forward in the fight against corruption and impunity in the Philippines. It shows that even the most powerful and influential individuals can be held accountable for their actions, and that justice can be served, no matter how long it takes.