Shortly after Cory became president, all sorts of Bantay-Bayan non-govt organizations (well-intentioned volunteers, some eager idealists) literally mushroomed throughout our archipelago. .to monitor govt projects, assure prudent/legal spending of public funds, pinpoint accountability, and ensure that crooks would be promptly prosecuted and the guilty promptly penalized… to prevent corruption.
In short, they took over the essential functions/responsib ilities for which taxpayers pay the salaries and perks of COA people …and that was a good thing (that is, the takeover of the COA duties), but only for quite a while.. for as the edsa honeymoon waned, the bantay-bayans inexplicably vanished into thin air…
What can we, the citizens, do about it within the ambit of the law and within the limits of our energy, time and degree of pagpakabana? Some of our friends, experts like Shiela Coronel and Lorna Tirol, suggest the following:
1) File a well-substantiated complaint before the Ombudsman …or the provincial/city prosecutor who are supervised by the Ombudsman.
2) File a well-documented complaint with the highest head of an agency, dept, bureau, GOCC, GFI, SUC or LGU…they are authorized by the Civil Service Commission to conduct preliminary administrative disciplinary action against erring personnel… or you may go straight to the CSC which would likely refer the matter back to the agency, so ayaw na lang aron di ka malangan.
3) If the erring official is a presidential appointee, go to the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.. naa kana dapit sa Commonwealth Ave., Diliman..before sa Commission on Human Rights going to Sandigan, QC..but recommendatory ra ang PAGC to the president who will ultimately decide whether to accept or deny PAGC’s recommendation. .nan, dawbi kung pinangga kaayo sa presidente ang iyang kurakot nga appointee, unsa man dayooon?
4) Go to COA thru its on-line “Fraud Alert” where complainants may not reveal their names..pero their email addresses makita and so, no assurance gyapon of absolute confidentiality. .no assurance pod nga aksyonan dayon sa COA, pero basin baya aksyonan sab.
5) Seek assistance from your congressman or senator who would file a resolution that may lead to investigations. ..walay assurance that something will come out of it..but at least the action would spark media publicity and the suspected erring official would be brought to the bar of public opinion..of course, extra care should be taken so that it wouldn’t degenerate into an unjust, unethical, unChristian trial by publicity.
6) Run to the responsible media, yes, responsible ha..we all know the immense power of the media..often agencies will be coerced to shape up under the glare of tv and newspaper and voice on the radio..wrongdoers will become paranoid thinking they are being closely and publicly watched.
Ok, Pok, Dan and Kroi..kung di pa gyud mosalir..morag naa pa man tingali laing pamaagi or course of action ..kanang last resort ba..but be sure last na gyud na ha..unsa man bi? – (rom)
Daghang sa primer on where to file complaints. I can dissiminate it. (kroi)