Former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo has appealed to President Duterte to not legitimize the lies about her after he bared allegations she diverted authorities subsidy to assist the New People’s Army, insisting that such funds didn’t even move by means of her arms.
Taguiwalo, in a Facebook post, mentioned a check with the Commission on Audit would simply disprove such charges not too long ago disclosed by President Duterte to the public. The former activist misplaced her cupboard portfolio after the Commission on Appointments rejected her appointment for nonetheless unknown causes.
“For the record and for the President’s own awareness, not a single peso of the 4Ps program passed through my hands. The program funds are directly coursed through the Landbank and its conduits who then make direct payout to the Pantawid beneficiaries. These transactions are recorded and COA regularly audits this program,” she mentioned.
“I have done my best as a member of the President’s cabinet and his government and served the people with humility and full transparency. The least I asked of him is to not legitimize baseless accusations against me,” she mentioned.
Taguiwalo mentioned she tried her finest to guard the rights of the poor and defend the DSWD from getting used as a device for corruption and patronage.
She mentioned if the President’s allies in the CA hearings requested her about the situation, she would have given solutions that “are easily verifiable.”
“When I first arrived in the DSWD, among my first declarations and actions were to say that the 4Ps program would NOT be expanding. This means that the 4.4 million beneficiary-households of the program will not increase. These members are from the Listahanan of DSWD based on a nation-wide assessment of the poor. The list was already in place when I became secretary,”she mentioned.
“If there have been any additional members, they are the families of soldiers killed in action or those who have been wounded in action who have children aged 0 to 18. This is in compliance with the President’s order”, she mentioned.