February 28, 2011
Good Government is a Work in
Presidential Commission on Good
Chairman Andres Bautista
(PCGG) Chairman Andres Bautista owned up the Commission’s
“share of losing.” He admitted that PCGG “could
have acted more vigilantly and with a stronger sense of urgency,
and could have guarded the interests of the Filipino people with
At the exhibit entitled Excesses, Recovery, and Good
Government, which opened on 28 February 2011 at Greenbelt
5 in Makati City, Bautista emphasized that the new Commission’s
efforts are directed towards setting the records straight. “What
keeps us from getting anywhere are our own failings and our own
misgivings as a people who demand good government without doing
good deeds of our own. Our collective quest for good government
continues to be a work in progress,” expressed Bautista.
The PCGG was founded 25 years ago as the first
act of Cory Aquino as President, primarily to investigate what
happened to the millions of pesos that had disappeared under the
regime of Ferdinand Marcos.
Country Director Jules Maaten addressing the public
The exhibit, which runs until 07 March 2011 and is partly sponsored
by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) Philippine
Office, included “archival photography of the lavish Marcosian
plunder and displays of selected Marcos jewellery and artworks
(Renaissance paintings, Russian icons, Yugoslavian naïfs,
and precious Russian lacquer), the statistics on how much has
been recovered and how much has been lost,” and the insights
of the youth on the question: What does good government
mean to me?
The exhibit will be moved to other high-traffic
areas and also to schools in Metro Manila and in the provinces
to generate more public awareness.
“The Aquino administration is resolute on curbing corruption
in government. The exhibit can hopefully help new generations
of Filipinos remember the struggle their parents endured 25 years
ago to get rid of a decadent leader. Corruption should not be
taken for granted. Everyone has a role to play if we want good
government,” said Jules Maaten, FNF Country Director.
Excesses, Recovery and Good Government
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Excesses, Recovery and Good Government Exhibit