MANILA- Former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo on Thursday maintained that she did not commit any wrongdoing after a report by the Commission on Audit (COA) said she may be held liable for graft.
State auditors, in a 2017 report on the Department of Tourism, said Teo may have violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act after her office entered into a P120-million agreement with state-run People's Television (PTV) network to advertise in her brother's show.
"My conscience is clear. I am confident that during my stint as department secretary, I did not commit or knowingly allow any violation of the Anti-Graft Law, or any other law for that matter," Teo said in a statement.
The same finding was contained in the audit report on PTV, which preceded Teo's resignation from her post in May.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday said the audit report on the tourism department, including the possible liability of Teo for graft, will help her office in its on-going fact-finding investigation.
“It will certainly help us investigate the case but you know that we are not bound by the COA reports, but they will certainly enlighten us in our investigation,” Morales told reporters.
The Office of the Ombudsman earlier launched a motu proprio investigation--a probe conducted sans a complaint--on Teo in relation to the advertising deal involving her brother Ben Tulfo’s block-timer show "Kilos Pronto" on PTV.
Teo said she is prepared to answer allegations being hurled against her.
"In any event, I shall answer these allegations in the proper forum," she said.