Palace ready to augment Ombudsman's security-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
MALACANANG on Saturday expressed readiness to provide additional security for Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales after reportedly receiving a death threat.
Carpio-Morales claimed that the threat could be because of her participation in the ongoing inquiry on the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.
"Like the disclosure yesterday of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, of course we are ready to help and to provide additional security for her once she asks for it," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Despite receiving a death threat, Carpio-Morales said that she was far from being frightened.
The Office of the Ombudsman leads an eight-member Interagency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council tasked to look into the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds as indicated in a special audit of the Commission on Audit (COA) of the legislators' priority development assistance fund (PDAF) from 2007 to 2009.
Other bodies involved in the investigation include the Department of Justice (DOJ) and COA.
Asked by reporters if the government is also ready to protect whistleblowers in connection with the administration’s fight against graft and corruption, Valte said there is an existing mechanism under the justice department that ensures the safety of whistleblowers.
Earlier, several whistleblowers gave their affidavits to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), detailing how the pork barrels of some lawmakers were misused through the use of bogus foundations and organizations allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles.
Napoles, who went into hiding when the Makati City Regional Trial Court issued a warrant of arrest against her and her brother for serious illegal detention on August 14, surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III Wednesday night.
Prior to her surrender, Aquino offered a P10-million reward for her capture. (SDR/Sunnex)