Joint Press Release
23 September 2013
Groups demand CoA to disclose all audit reports,
Says Filipinos deserve the truth
Progressive groups urged the Commission on Audit (CoA) to divulge to the public all audit reports and not only those favorable to Palace officials. The activists in particular, demanded the full disclosure of the audit reports of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Malampaya Fund for the fiscal years of 2010 to 2012.
This after state primary whistle-blower Benhur Luy testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee that Janet Lim-Napoles and cohorts siphoned PDAF allocations and Malampaya funds up to 2012 and the agency’s special reports on the PDAF and Malampaya fund are limited to 2007 up to 2009, the years following the breakaway of the Liberal Party from the ruling coalition of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“As the most consistent taxpayers, the workers demand the truth, we deserve the truth. The Filipino nation has already been robbed and duped by numerous politicians posing as public servants and now, the CoA is literally adding insult to injury by concealing the truth and presenting only audit reports that have Malacanang’s blessing.” said Leody de Guzman, national chairperson of the militant Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP).
The protestors allege that the motive for the special audit report of the CoA on the PDAF and Malampaya Fund for the years 2007 to 2009 was to discredit the past administration and in effect will lead to the added credibility of the sitting President and not to serve justice to the indignant nation.
“Aquino may play the blame game all he wants but he can never pacify an enlightened and vigilant people. All Filipinos know that corrupt practices have long been masterminded by those in the highest echelons of power and even up to the present regime. His daang matuwid rhetoric has imploded and reared its ugly head,” de Guzman charged.
Meanwhile Sanlakas spokesperson, Aaron Pedrosa said that, “In this period of turmoil the Filipino nation need a beacon of light that will dispel all uncertainty and exhibit integrity. Despite being an Aquino appointee, Commissioner Grace Pulido-Tan must accept the challenge of our times; the agency must genuinely serve the people and not the political interests of those in the Liberal Party.
The groups vowed to sustain public pressure on the audit agency until all doubts of political maneuverings and undue influences are extinguished. Pedrosa added that, “not unless such obstacles are conquered, full disclosure of all government revenue and expenditure will never be achieved and our people denied of justice once again”.###