Where Treasure Is, There Will Hearts Be Also

Unsolved ill-gotten wealth case dismays CBCP official

A Catholic Church official chided the authorities Tuesday over the unsolved case against the alleged Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth.

CBCP Media Director Msgr Pedro Quitorio said the government’s search for and reversion of such ill-gotten wealth and the definitive resolution of the case was long overdue.

Quitorio said over two decades have passed but no significant development has so far been met.

“How slow is the process? It should have been disposed many years ago. (But) up to now it’s still there,” he said.

The Monsignor also chided concerned government agencies especially the Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG), saying that it may have outlived its purpose.

The PCGG was established during the Aquino administration to go after the ill-gotten assets of the Marcoses, their relatives and cronies.

“...They still don’t know what to do. This (ill-gotten wealth) should be disposed but within the framework on the law not for any other considerations” Quitorio said.

The case, he said, must have been settled long time ago if there is proof of illegal acquisition, accumulation, misappropriation or fraud

On Monday, debates on Marcos wealth sparked again after acting Department of Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera blocked the return order of the jewelries of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Devanadera said there remains to be legal impediments in the return of the jewelries seized after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship.

Sell that which you have, and give gifts to the needy. Make for yourselves purses which don't grow old, a treasure in the heavens that doesn't fail, where no thief approaches, neither moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:33-34)