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Heidi Mendoza


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Just as unbelievable was the testimony of a CoA commissioner, Heidi Mendoza, a most biased and incompetent CoA auditor on a subject that was not only totally irrelevant, but also an audit that had already been discredited in court, which ruling moreover showed Mendoza to be highly incompetent.
Yet the three Senate attack dogs, Senators Sonny Trillanes, Alan Cayetano and Koko Pimentel, whose panel nobody but the three attend, take the word of the highly biased, destructive and incompetent Heidi Mendoza, whose incompetence was moreover proved by the Sandiganbayan and the SC. The duo came up with at least 120 bank accounts of Corona, but this was guesswork and extrapolation of the bank accounts with an incredible 120, while deposits went up as high as $12 million, which was proved utterly wrong, as every investment by the bank for its client was recorded by the incompetent Heidi and Morales as a different bank account. Incidentally, it was also Heidi Mendoza and Grace Pulido-Tan, the CoA head, who is just as biased and a certified lapdog of Noynoy, who did the CoA special audit on the pork barrel scam. Before leaving her COA job for greener pastures, Heidi was asked to reply to applicants hoping to replace her. Before leaving her COA job for greener pastures, Heidi was asked to reply to applicants hoping to replace her.

It has to be politics that have left hanging the appointments of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, COA Director Heidi Mendoza and Secretaries Ramon Paje, Dinky Soliman and Jericho Petilla.

The Binay camp yesterday dismissed the testimony of Commission on Audit (CoA) Commissioner Heidi Mendoza before the Senate sub-committee as another hatchet job, accusing the commissioner of misleading the Senate and the public when she failed to say that the audit findings she had presented had already been discredited and thrown out by the Sandiganbayan in 2011.
For his part, lawyer JV Bautista, interim secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said the testimony of Mendoza was clearly part of the demolition job against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. "There was apparent malice on the part of Heidi Mendoza. She knew that the Sandiganbayan had already thrown out her supposed findings, yet she went ahead with her presentation," he said. "It is very clear that Heidi Mendoza is part of the demolition team against the Vice President, since she tried to fool the nation with her audit findings that have already been junked by the courts," he said. Meanwhile, despite Heidi Mendoza's intentionally misleading the nation over her discreduted audit of the Makati hospital, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, a member of the Senate blue ribbon panel but who has not been attending any of the hearings, sent a letter directly to DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, seeking heightened VIP police protection for Mendoza. Santiago cited Republic Act No. 6981, also known as the "Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act," and called on both the Senate blue ribbon committee and the subcommittee to recommend the admission of Mendoza into the Witness Protection Program (WPP). "It seems that what commissioner Mendoza found out way back then was just the tip of the iceberg. Mendoza claimed a special task force discovered that medical equipment purchased for the Ospital ng Makati back in 2000 to 2001 were bought for P70.56 million when the actual worth was only P9.31 million," he said. Hopeless ka Heidi ! Are you assembling a new version of "Lanterns of Lies" against Binay for this coming Christmas ? When asked her opinion on punctuality, Heidi, who was applying for an office job after leaving COA, assured her interviewer she thought it was extremely important. "I use periods, commas, and question marks all the time," Heidi said.

We laud former COA auditor Heidi Mendoza, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, former special prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio, and more recently Lt. Please heed the call of noble Filipinos, like Heidi Mendoza, when they come out against the abuse of office that impoverishes the people and harm the common good. It was graced by the presence of Heidi Mendoza, champion of truth telling about the corruption in the mmilitary and member of the Ehem Board. Col George Rabusa also came, and together with Heidi lighted the candle that started the whole big congregation holding and waving light. Below is the text of the Bp. Pabillo's hommily and the wonderful liturgy prepared by the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan. More than a thousand people attended the mass, almost all wearing white, We hope that our Ehem friends will be more empowered now by the great and noble example of Heidi Mendoza, who has been featured in the Ehem videoducmentary since 2006, and mendtioned in the song Ehemplo that can be dowloaded in the you-tube. If you ask our truth tellers here - ask Jun Lozada, ask Heidi, ask Col Rabusa, ask Villa-ignacio and Marcelo, and still so many others, what moves them to continue to expose the truth and not be silenced by enticements and threats, many will admit that they get strength from the support of many, even unknown people, who in their own small ways believe in them, such as handing them their hard-earned 20 pesos, giving them a free meal, or just simple tapping their back to say, naniniwala kami sa iyo, ipagpatuloy mo. Hindi lang ito laban ni Heidi Mendoza, ni Atty. Marcelo, ni Col Rabusa, ni Villa-ignacio, ni Col Lim at ng sinupamang magsasalita. Laban po natin itong lahat, sapagkat ang pera pong pinaglaruan ay hindi lang pera ng AFP ngunit pera ng Pilipinas. Ating lahat ang diwang nadungisan ng katiwalian at ang diwang matutubos ng katotohanan. Iyan ay ang diwang Pilipino! AS THE NATION heaps praise and admiration upon former government auditor turned whistle-blower Heidi Mendoza, I am reminded of two words: "common virtue. This was the title of the last chapter of John Bradley Jr.'s 2000 bestseller, "Flags of Our Fathers. The book is Bradley's account of the lives of the six American soldiers who raised the flag atop Mt. Suribachi on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, site of one of the most horrendous battles of World War II. The photo of the flag-raising soon became one of the iconic images of the war. The three flag-raisers who survived the battle (one of whom was Bradley's father, John Sr.) were brought home and hailed as heroes, a role they reluctantly took on to help sell bonds to fund the war effort. Bradley's final description of the six men could very well apply to Heidi Mendoza, former AFP budget officer George Rabusa, and other men and women who have risked their personal well-being in pursuit of the truth. I have known Heidi Mendoza for many years through her husband Dr. Roy Mendoza, a good friend and former colleague at the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJCICSI). The statement, I feel, reflects all that is good and right not just in the singular act or courage that Heidi displayed with her testimony, but in the total commitment Heidi and Roy have displayed all through their lives. At the onset, Heidi and Roy seemed like an unlikely pair. Heidi followed a fairly unremarkable path, working at the Commission on Audit soon after graduating from college, the start of more than 20 years of service in government. In a recent meeting with Heidi and Roy, they shared with me their reflections on the twists and turns that their lives have taken. Roy lightheartedly recounted: "When we were deciding whether Heidi would come out in the open with her knowledge of the Garcia case, she reminded me that when I was younger she tolerated my work in political activism. She told me that it is her turn now to be the political activist. I had to remind her, in turn, that when we were younger we did not yet have any children." Indeed, thoughts of her three children have not been far from Heidi's mind in the midst of the political maelstrom she has entered. During a strategizing session at the Ateneo School of Government several weeks before her testimony in Congress, Heidi explained her anguished decision to go public in these words: "I am not doing this for myself, to seek publicity. Just like Bradley's flag-raisers, Heidi is a reluctant hero. "A person of common virtue . . . it's as simple as that." In their show of support for Heidi, the Philippine Catholic bishops quoted from their own pastoral letter two years ago encouraging lay participation in social change: "We challenge our Catholic laity, in particular, to take the lead in the task of moral renewal towards a deeper and more lasting change in the Philippine society. We challenge all lay people involved in politics to renounce corruption and bond together in the task of evangelizing politics for effective governance and the pursuit of the common good. Perhaps the bishops realized that there are enough good people out there who simply need to be encouraged, people of "common virtue" who can truly make a difference. But as Heidi Mendoza has shown us, perhaps common virtue is not so common.

Heidi Mendoza to CoA and that of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioners Luie Guia and Al Parreno.
Meanwhile, Mendoza, who had a face-off of sorts with some of her oppositors, practically begged the screening committee to endorse her nomination to the plenary but Estrada sought to defer his questioning on a later date. Estrada, in an interview with reporters, stressed that his issues against Mendoza have nothing to do with the revival of a 10-year-old graft case against the wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Dra. The senator said his questions were mainly on the alleged falsehoods that Mendoza made when she testified before the Senate blue ribbon committee at the height of its probe on the Garcia plea bargaining agreement that allegedly she submitted an audit report on the case when it was only a working paper. "Your honors if not for integrity, honesty, it would have been easy for me to stay at Asian Development Bank and lied and said and claimed that there is no such report. Life would be simple," Mendoza said. "I didn't. I faced the challenges, I faced the threats and I stood up my ground as an auditor," she added. "I am begging before this committee, I have been going back and forth to these hearings and I see those confirmed ahead of me and I envy them. My only fault was to file a case against somebody related to one who has an ambition to be president," she was quoted as saying. Atty. Mariano Sarmiento, one of the two oppositors, the other identified as retired state auditor Arturo Besana, said that his complaint or opposition on the confirmation of Mendoza was based on "personal knowledge and authentic records, there's no speculation here." The Vice President advised Mendoza to "simply answer the issues raised against her since appeals to the emotion will not help her case." He reminded the CoA official that there are several oppositors to her confirmation and they have raised issues against her impartiality, competence and professional conduct. "As far as we know, she has not answered these issues convincingly," he said. Recently a broadsheet headlined Mendoza's alleged failure to pay some P2 million in taxes. She reportedly admitted this in an affidavit, according to Binay. "We find this very disturbing. The position of CoA commissioner is such a sensitive position and it is expected for nominees to be mindful of their duties as citizens, and this includes paying taxes," he said. In the confirmation hearing yesterday, Mendoza begged the CA to confirm her saying her only intention was to serve truthfully "I'm begging to this committee, I keep coming back, watching those who have been confirmed and I'm really envious" Mendoza told the committee members in response to the grilling of her oppositors. "But I always give myself a chance because I know, the day will come that truth will come out because I'm not lying, I did not steal, I have not been charged," she said. "My only fault is I stood to file a case against someone who has a presidential ambition that is why this issue about my appointment is repeatedly being discussed," Mendoza added. However, the Binay camp and other critics of Mendoza refuted her claims of being an impartial state auditor who dons an immaculate clean mantle of public service. According to the Tribune story, Mendoza, one of the whistle-blowers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) funds scam of 2011 which led to her being appointed by Aquino as CoA commissioner, earned P7,541,600, or almost P2 million a year, during her sabbatical from government service from 2007 to 2010, but which she admitted in an affidavit, have not paid a single centavo in income tax, which is ironic as it was mostly derived from writing modules and preaching against corruption, a vicious form of which is tax evasion. From her earnings, she was able to buy one condominium unit in high-scale developments (Marquinton Marikina in 2007, Serendra Bonifacio in 2008, an unnamed townhouse in Marikina) in every year that she was a lagarista in consulting work. Going by present tax rates, she owes the government at least P2 million. Mendoza is also touted as the lead prober in the alleged pork scam amounting to billions of pesos. However, Abakada Rep. Jonathan De la Cruz avers Mendoza was being selective in exposing the alleged anomalies with regards to the disbursement of the lawmakers priority development fund as up to now, all CoA has released are results of special audit report from the period 2007 to 2009 and not a single audit report for the period 2010 to 2012 which the party-list solon said is also tainted with anomalous transaction which could overshadow the alleged scam involving Janet Lim-Napoles.

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