President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in his first executive order (EO) ordered the abolition of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), a commission created by his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte in 2017.

In EO No. 1, Marcos Jr. abolished the PACC and transferred its jurisdiction, powers and functions to the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs.

Marcos Jr. said the directive aimed to streamline official processes and procedures and abolish overlapping official functions.

EO No. 1 also abolished the Office of the Cabinet Secretary and placed the existing Cabinet secretariat under the “direct control and supervision” of the Presidential Management Staff.

The Cabinet secretariat will be in coordination with the Executive Secretary in assisting the president in establishing agenda topics for Cabinet deliberations and facilitating the discussion of Cabinet meetings.

In his first press briefing on July 5, Marcos Jr. said he wanted to “streamline the government” to improve and make efficient its functions.

“It’s important to me that the entire Cabinet understands what it is we are trying to do, how we are going to do it, what the timetable is, and how it all fits together,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro