Senate’s failure to pass whistle-blower security bill hit

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MANILA, Philippines—Whistle-blowers in two of the major scandals to hit the Arroyo administration lamented the Senate’s failure to pass a bill that would have given them more security, even as they urged senatorial candidates to commit to the measure’s passage in the 16th Congress.

Jose Barredo, a self-confessed “runner” in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, said the whistle-blowers protection bill was necessary even if President Aquino was not embroiled in corruption scandals. There are other officials who could be engaged in wrongdoing, he said.

Another whistle-blower, former Philippine Army Sgt. Vidal Doble, said threats to their well-being could not be discounted even if they were in the government’s Witness Protection Program.

Doble and Barredo applied for a gun ban exemption at the Commission on Elections on Monday.

House Bill No. 5715, otherwise known as the “Whistleblower Protection, Security and Benefit Act of 2011,” was passed by the House of Representatives in April last year, but a similar bill did not progress to third and final reading in the Senate.

“It’s impossible that corruption has been totally wiped out,” Barredo told the Inquirer on Monday, adding that without the assurance of adequate protection, witnesses to crime would be reluctant to come out.

Doble said he and his fellow whistle-blowers were worried over the nonpassage of the whistle-blowers protection act, especially with the end of the term of Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who had been safeguarding their interests.

Doble had claimed to be part of an intelligence team that recorded the “Hello Garci” conversations, in which former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was supposedly heard asking an election official about keeping her lead in the 2004 polls.—Leila B. Salaverria

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Eh kasi ang laging inaasikaso ay ang MOOE!

  • zahraff

    The bill to protect whistleblowers must be passed for their protection. Without security protection, it would be very dangerous for the lives of these people to come out and spill the beans. Look what’s happening now, even inside the prison, you are bound to be killed or eliminated if you were an accomplice to a crime.  

  • oidkcin

    Talagang mga bobo, whistle blower lang hindi maipasa, bute pa ‘yung  pahumangkun napasa yung kinder harharhar.
    Impeach Aquino……& her brother.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Whistle-Blower’s is every corrupted Lawmakers biggest danger !

  • kapayapaan_1900

    A deaf, mute, and a blind insensitive Senate that the  abused public continues to endure!  I hate to say na mas inuna pa ang issue sa kalibugan kaysa sa corruption.  Corruption sa gobierno ang unang nagpapahirap sa bayan.  If the bill failed to pass, it only means one thing:  encourage corruption by giving no incentive to the whistle blower who knows the truth and nothing but the truth.  I’m disappointed with the president’s sense of priority in fighting this nagging ill that continues unabated.  .     

  • calixto909

    Enrile as the head of the senate should be blamed for the non passage of the Whistle Blower Bill for he  neglected to assert his leadership. Had he wielded the mantle of his authority then a favorable outcome of the bill should had occurred but when a leader like him just keeps mum and tolerates to have the bill be tabled then that sealed the fate of the bill. However, these senators for sure had other agenda contrary to the good intent of the bill which they harbor hence, its passage was derailed. Blaming Aquino for its non passage is barking at the wrong tree, Enrile and his allies are the primary persons to be faulted.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Lawmakers will love to found a way to kill the Whistle-Blowers in the eggs ! 

    Bad faith is THE rule among the Politicians and Clergy,

    only permanent Lies can save them, don’t expect anything else from them !

  • jga94

    The writer should have made some sort of research about the history of that bill in both houses–who sponsored it, who has been blocking it, etc.—that way the people can take note and not vote for these people.

    FOI Bill should be THE TOP priority in the next Congress.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    this time, 3 monkeys na! i-zipper ang mouth, i-plug ang ears and takpan ang eyes! walang  trabaho ang mga fixcals at judges at police. PURO IN AID OF LEGISLATION eh wala rin silbi.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    In case you want to kill your Wife or step Mother without to be involved , 

    suggest her to be a Hero Whistle-Blower !

    The perfect crime !

    Only possible in da Philippines where the more fun is !

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Hornet’s aren’t fools,

    they want to be able to continue to go peacefully and laughing all the way to the Banks vaults !

  • catmanjohn

    As long as that viper Enrile is still alive, the tools of corruption will be in place. He has so much to hide. Get rid of him and his lackeys and give the Senate the enema they need so badly.

  • Love God

    A strong message to all would be whistle-blowers. 

    Please understand friends. Who in the right mind would pass a bill that will be used against them?

    And all the “Lolongs” who opposed the bill said:  ”BACK-OFF”

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