1 February 2011
“It takes courage to get out of one’s comfort and choose to divulge an anomaly, especially if it involves a powerful and repressive institution as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). GABRIELA believes that Haydee Mendoza’s decision to stand for what she believes in is bold enough and we hope that she doesn’t have to reach the point to go literally naked because the government fails to prosecute the high-ranking thieves in AFP,” said Lana Linaban.
During the hearing held by the justice committee of the House of Representatives today, former auditor Haydee Menodoza shared her vow to go naked if the case against former military comptroller General Carlos Garcia is dismissed.
“We applaud Haydee for her audit findings and bravery to expose the corruption committed by Garcia involving millions of pesos. Her vow to walk naked if Garcia’s case would be dismissed shows her conviction in the veracity of her testimony. We assure her that the Filipino women are backing her as she goes after the corrupt officials like Garcia,” said Linaban.
GABRIELA also calls on authorities to ensure Mendoza’s safety.
“Her exposes on Garcia is stirring the hornet’s nest. It will eventually lead to many other cases of corruption and to the culpability of former president and Commander-in-chief Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Mendoza’s expose also proves as a challenge to the present Aquino administration’s determination to reform the AFP and persecute Arroyo,” added Linaban.
“These cases of corruption that have been hitting the news should be swiftly and impartially investigated and the culprits brought to justice. It is downright immoral that while majority of the Filipinos are drained with the current price hikes, high ranking officials in the AFP are wallowing in millions stolen from the public coffers,” said Linaban.