Aquino mulls abolishing PAGC, PASG

Posted at 07/15/10 7:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is mulling to abolish 2 agencies created by his predecessor President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Aquino told reporters the government can make do with bodies that are already doing the jobs of both the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) and the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG).

The former’s job is already covered by the Office of the Ombudsman, he said.

“Kung makukuha mo yung Ombudsman na maayos, pwede na iyon…babalikan ang lifestyle check, masisimplehan ko pa nga,” he said.

PAGC was created to investigate and hear administrative cases and complaints against erring presidential appointees.

It was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 12, which was signed on April 16.

Aquino said this will also likely be the fate of the PASG, a body that had already been questioned before the courts due to redundancy.

“Malamang hind na itutuloy iyon. Susubukan na muna namin ang nandyan na,” he said.

A Manila court in March quashed Executive Order 624 that created and lined out the functions of PASG.

Branch 26 Judge Silvino T. Pampilo, Jr. said the agency’s functions are similar to that of the Bureau of Customs.

This is now the subject of an appeal before a higher court.

Meanwhile, Aquino dismissed allegations that his newly-appointed Customs Commissioner Angelito A. Alvarez has cheated in a game of golf.

Alvarez was supposedly slapped a suspension from the posh Alabang Golf and Country Club.

“Hindi ko interest yung kaya mong sagutin yan di mo sagutin yan…Ang dulo niyan, may resulta,” he said.

Aquino stressed he is more interested if Alvarez has delivered on his job. “Merit ang pipiliin naming na basis,” he said.