MANILA (Mabuhay) – A Commission on Appointments panel on Wednesday green-lighted the confirmation of audit commissioner Heidi Mendoza.
Mendoza was recommended for confirmation after members of the CA committee on constitutional commissions overruled Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s request to ask more questions to the Commission on Audit (COA) official.
During the hearing, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV told Estrada not to “hostage” her confirmation.
“The commission has already given enough time to Senator Estrada… I believe you have already gotten to the point,” Trillanes told Estrada during the hearing.
To this, Estrada responded, “I do not have plans to hold hostage the confirmation of this nominee… I do not have any record of holding hostage any nominee.”
Estrada was then given a few minutes to propound questions to Mendoza, before the CA panel recommended her confirmation.
Estrada had also earlier attempted to stall Mendoza’s confirmation last week by questioning her travels abroad.
COA findings were used as evidence in the plunder charges filed against Estrada in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.
Last March, Mendoza faced opposition to her confirmation based on accusations of incompetence and even of drawing media attention to graft cases filed against Elenita Binay, a former Makati mayor and wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Mendoza led an audit that looked into allegedly anomalous bidding done in Makati City in 2001, when Mrs. Binay was still mayor. In 2012, she testified before the Sandiganbayan fifth division, which is handling Mrs. Binay’s graft cases. (MNS)