By Raïssa Robles
The government official whom the bicameral Commission on Appointments had long refused to confirm as a COA Commissioner was snatched up by the United Nations to perform the same function, but on a global scale.
There are nagging questions that need to be asked, though.
What will now happen to Mendoza’s testimony before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan over the alleged rigged bidding of a P72 million furniture purchase by the Vice-President’s wife Elenita Binay while she was still mayor of Makati City? Has Mendoza finished testifying? Can she be available for a cross-examination, if necessary?
In her testimony, Mendoza told the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division that the bidding for the P72-million furniture purchased, when Mrs. Binay was still Makati City mayor, was rigged.
Mendoza also testified at a Senate probe over the alleged overpriced infrastructure projects in Makati. Can she also still testify on the matter if and when this reaches the court?
I hope that after Mendoza finishes her stint at the UN, she will return to Manila and take up what the late accountant Nimfa Arroyo once tried to do, that is – to audit the accounting profession. A lot of crimes in the country today are thanks to auditors who find ways for clients to make the wrong things look right and legal.
Here below is Ms. Mendoza’s statement of acceptance, sent to me by the Commission on Audit:
Statement of COA Commissioner Mendoza on her appointment as head of the United Nations Internal Oversight Services
I sincerely thank United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for recognizing the humble contribution of a Philippine public servant in the area of combating corruption and espousing good governance. Likewise, I am thankful to the different member states and the General Assembly for their vote of confidence.
With the prayers of those whom I have served and a heart full of gratitude to the people that I have served for the past twenty-five years, I am taking the challenge of heading the Office of Internal Oversight Services of the United Nations.
I am thankful to the President for taking the difficult task of leading a country wanting of reforms and yet oftentimes cynical of the sincerity and contributions of people in government.
My gratitude to all our development partners, the vigilant civil society organizations, the academe and business community and the guardians of my faith, who have all rallied with me in 2011 as I took on the painful task of truth telling and confronting the inner and external threats to the only office that I have loved and served with unceasing commitment and dedication.
To my fellow servants of the Philippine government, to the leaders and ordinary employees of the Commission on Audit, I am more than grateful.
With the guidance of the Almighty, the blessings of the mentors of my faith, the confidence and trust in the indomitable spirit of the Filipinos, I promise to serve the global community with selfless dedication and commitment to uphold the mandate of the office and the United Nations.