Appoint Mendoza as anti-corruption czar, PNoy urged

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2011 09:09 PM | Updated as of Feb 05 2011 05:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority Leader Alan Cayetano on Friday proposed that the government name Heidi Mendoza its anti-corruption czar.

Cayetano said Mendoza, a former state auditor specializing in fraud investigation, would be effective in the job.

"She has the training, she has the integrity, she has the people's support," Cayetano told reporters.

He also suggested the creation of a good governance council or commission on anti-graft and corruption.
The senator also reiterated his call for the Senate to have its own witness protection program to better protect whistleblowers like Mendoza and former military budget officer George Rabusa, who both testified in Congress on corruption in the Armed Forces.

Meantime, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace is welcomes the expertise of Mendoza in the field of forensic auditing in its fight against graft and corruption.

But for now, the Palace has not thought of a specific position for Mendoza.

Lacierda said the President has not talked to Mendoza.

With respect to other COA personnel linked to the scandal, he said there is a chance for them to clear their names by participating in the Senate and House investigations. -- with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News