Heidi Mendoza: Honesty in Church finances also needed

Posted at 06/16/2011 11:10 AM | Updated as of 06/16/2011 11:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Whistleblower Heidi Mendoza believes honesty in government, business and even in the Church is needed to bring change in the country.

“We cannot dream of an honest government without doing anything. We need to do something,” Mendoza told the Catholic Church’s financial administrators.

Mendoza is the guest speaker at the Archdiocesan/Diocesan Financial Administrators of the Philippines 13th National Convention currently being held at the Pius XII Center in Paco, Manila. The yearly gathering, which will end on Friday, is focused on the theme “Sustaining Opportunities towards Success.”

Mendoza, who blew the whistle on corruption in the military, said it is difficult to hold money "especially if it is not yours."

She, however, noted: “It’s not true that it’s hard to be honest even in times of need.”

“I’m not holy or religious but I’m always looking at God’s will. Another way to (maintain honesty) is constant prayer," she said.

“I’m always proud that I am a Catholic. I’m always proud that I’m a Filipino. I’m always proud that I’m a public servant,” Mendoza added.

“The only key is by being true to God. If you have faith you don’t have to worry about many things that might come along your way.”

The convention has around 140 participants, mostly lay people, including some priests, nuns and bishops led by Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, treasurer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Mendoza made headlines in February after quitting her job in the Asian Development Bank and delivering explosive testimony before Congress on the alleged misuse of military and United Nations (UN) peacekeeping funds.

Mendoza worked for the Commission on Audit for over 20 years and had been part of fraud audit investigations of government transactions. She resigned from the COA in 2005 and had worked with the Asian Development Bank before appearing in the congressional probes.

She was recently appointed commissioner of the COA. Report by CBCPNews