Mendoza's COA appointment praised


Posted at Apr 07 2011 10:25 AM | Updated as of Apr 07 2011 06:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former state auditor Heidi Mendoza showed to ABS-CBN News the greetings and messages of support she has been receiving since she was appointed commissioner in the Commission on Audit (COA).

Mendoza said she thought long and hard before accepting the offer, especially because most of her loved ones opposed her return to government service.

Her safety was placed in jeopardy when she testified at the congressional hearings on the plea bargain agreement between former Armed Forces comptroller Carlos Garcia and the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

“Ang hirap tumalikod sa hinihingi sa iyo kasi nakita ko rin na binuksan ko yung pag-asa ng ordinaryong mamamayan na akala ko ay walang pakialam,” she said.

Mendoza admitted that her return to the commission won't be easy, with many COA employees disappointed with her statements to media.
Several COA officials said they never expected Mendoza would return especially after she described the agency as corrupt.

"After all that she had said about the COA, that it is corrupt, why does she want to go to a corrupt agency?" said Isabel Agito, COA assistant commissioner for finance.

“More difficult on my part. I will go back inside, mas malaki ang krus na bubuhatin ko. Why would I destroy something that I love most ‘di ba?” Mendoza asked.

She prefers to think that her return to COA is being welcomed, with many employees expressing their support.

She also issued an appeal to those who were hurt by her testimony.

“Allow me the opportunity to show that I am in support of the ordinary citizen and auditors, COA employees who want real reforms,” she said.

Mendoza said COA employees can expect her to listen to their needs and suggestions for the betterment of the agency. – Report from Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News