MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has offered Presidential Security Group (PSG) protection former state auditor Heidi Mendoza.
According to Mendoza, she and her husband accepted the President’s offer of protection made during a meeting in Malacañang.
“They would be responsible to me and then I asked my husband and my husband said, 'I think its something that we have to accept',” Mendoza said.
Aquino is concerned about her safety, particularly after receiving death threats for testifying in the committee hearings in Congress on the corruption case against former military comptroller Carlos Garcia.
Meanwhile, aside from the offer of protection, Aquino also encouraged Mendoza to return to public service.
However, Mendoza said she has to consult her family first before making a decision.
“Mr. President, you know, after all that I have gone through, it seems like I don't want to enter public service anymore,” she said.
Aquino suggested that she reads the book about his sisters, “Noynoy’s Sisters". She said the president said that his sisters did not agree with him when he told them he was running for office.
“It’s just like I can see myself surrounded by my brothers and sisters, my loved ones, who are all coming up with the suggestions 'You have had enough and I don't think you should go back'. But then, at the end of the day, if you feel like there's this passion, if you feel like there's this stamina and you have just lighted the fire, you have rekindled the hope, then just like what the President said, there may be a need to come back,” she said.
The former auditor of the Commission on Audit said that some revelations bared by Lt. Col. George Rabusa may be confirmed by the audit she made on the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ fund. It can also be used as additional evidence against Garcia.
Aside from attending hearings, Mendoza is also a regular speaker at church masses and other gatherings and has become an in-demand speaker for graduation rites. -- report from Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN News and Bandila