November 11, 2010
FNF Philippines Maps Out Anti-corruption
Program with PCGG
Mr. Jules Maaten, PCGG Commissioner Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Ms.
Minne Salao, and Marco Sardillo III
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) Philippine Office
has committed its support for the anti-corruption programs
of the Presidential Commission on Good Goverment
In a meeting with PCGG Commissioner Maita Chan-Gonzaga, FNF Philippine
Office Country Director Jules Maaten reiterated that the Foundation
shall prioritize anti-corruption projects as a follow through to
the Aquino Government’s battle cry of “Kung walang
corrupt, walang mahirap.
” (If no one is corrupt, no one
will be poor.)
PCGG is celebrating its 25th anniversary on
28 February 2011. The Commission was created by then President
Corazon Aquino by virtue of Executive Order No. 1 mainly
to recover the ill-gotten wealth accumulated by former President
Ferdinand Marcos. “The public perceives that this is the
only work of PCGG. However, it is also our role to develop
and adopt institutional safeguards to prevent corruption
in Government,” said Commissioner Gonzaga. “Hopefully,
through public activities that we will organize with FNF, we can
engage more people to help us realize this mandate,” she
“We admire PCGG’s work that looks into past transgressions.
Now, they are telling us to move forward by not forgetting the
lessons of history,” expressed Mr. Maaten.
A year-long program has been lined up by PCGG for their 25th
anniversary. This includes holding an exhibit
and lecture series, and producing publications.