PDAF Whistle Blowers Bare the Truth in the SSC Truth Telling Forum
Amidst several postponements and tight security procedure, the SSC “Truth Telling Forum” pushed through last August 24, 2013, in the jam-packed, St. Cecilia’s Hall. Students and faculty from the Grade School, High School and College units along with the other school employees, filled up the seats and the aisles of the hall to listen to the expose of the whistle blowers on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the Pork Barrel scam. The forum was a continuation of the unfolding of events following the expose of Benhur Luy last July 2013. It was the first time for the other whistle blowers to go public.
Accompanied by the whistle blower lawyer, Atty. Levito Baligod, Gertrudes Luy, mother of Benhur, Annabelle Luy, Merlina Suñas and Nova Dulay narrated the extent and magnitude of corruption of PDAF, the discretionary fund of senators and members of the Congress. The audience were shocked especially with descriptions of bathtubs and beds overflowing with money. Records of transactions made by Ms. Janet Lim-Napoles were also disclosed by the whistle blowers.
Before the forum ended, the SSC school community broke into blowing their whistles to register its support for the whistle blowers. The blowing of whistles accompanied the whistle blowers as they were ushered out of the campus.
After the forum, the Scholastican community strengthened its commitment to fight corruption and to abolish the PDAF.
By: Prof. Rebecca Padilla-Marquez
Dean of Student Affairs