JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday said the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) is conducting its own investigation into allegations that its former chair, now Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista, has amassed P1 billion worth of illegal wealth.
Aguirre announced this shortly after he met acting PCGG chair Reynaldo Munsayac and commissioners Rey Bulay and John Agbayani in a closed-door meeting at the Department of Justice.
“Meron kahina-hinala when he was at the PCGG. That was the assessment of the three commissioners. Hopefully, this would be a part of the report that will be submitted to us,” Aguirre told reporters.
“Like the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), PCGG also has the power to investigate,” he said.
Bautista has been accused by his wife Patricia Paz of having ill-gotten wealth. She provided an affidavit to the NBI after meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte last July 26.
Recently Aguirre disclosed that the NBI will ask the Anti-Money Laundering Council to look into the reported bank accounts of Bautista.
In a news briefing, Aguirre stressed an investigation by AMLAC could aid the NBI in its investigation into allegations against Bautista that he allegedly amassed P1 billion in cash and properties through dubious means.
“Kasama yan sa directive ko sa AMLAC,” Aguirre said when asked if the NBI will seek the opening of Bautista’s numerous bank accounts.
“Pati yung some PCGG (Presidential Commission on Good Government) information about some anomalies not referring to anybody. I’m still talking to PCGG officers,” he continued.
Aguirre said that if in the course of investigation, the accusations against Bautista were found to be true, an impeachment complaint for betrayal of trust may be filed against him.
“Lahat kasi ito pwedeng pumasok sa betrayal of public trust, kung merong ebidensya,” he said.