Whistle-blowers must get rewards: Cayetano

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2011 07:44 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2011 03:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesdy reiterated his call for the government to provide more incentives for whistleblowers as part of its anti-corruption efforts.

Cayetano said whistleblowers put their lives at risk by exposing crooks in government, and so it is but proper to give them more than just protection.

"Aside from giving them protection, why don't we give them a lumpsum?" he told reporters in a press conference.

The senator suggested that whistleblowers be given a percentage of the amount they helped government save by exposing illegal transactions that would have enabled corrupt officials to pocket the money.

Cayetano stressed that the Aquino administration needs to be more organized in running after officials in previous administration involved in corruption.

He said the Truth Commission would have done the job. But because it was junked, he believes the administration must find new ways, like creating an anti-corruption "superbody" with the power to investigate and prosecute corrupt officials.

"Why is it taking so long and why can't we have a committee or commission na walang ibang focus kundi mag-imbestiga?" he said.

Cayetano said the administration must step up its efforts to show it is indeed serious in stamping out corruption to encourage more whistleblowers to come out, and ultimately, resolve pending cases of malfeasance.