National Museum officials urged to resign
MANILA – The National Museum Rank and File Employees Association on Friday asked for the resignation of the National Museum's board of trustees, Director Jeremy Barns and assistant directors Ana Theresa Labrador and Angel Bautista.
This, after the Commission on Audit (COA) found that over P300 million in endowment funds of the agency are unaccounted for.
The funds were supposedly invested in 2 investment management accounts in the Bank of the Philippine Islands and Banco de Oro.
The group reported that COA held Barns liable for the amount because the transactions were not properly accounted, monitored, and reported.
Barns also allegedly failed to restitute the amount despite repeated demands by the COA.
The group expressed concern at the slow pace of the cases filed before the Ombudsman and the Office of the President.
In its findings, COA noted the investments were made in violation of the General Appropriations Acts. It also noted that the investments were made in 2 names, the National Museum and the National Museum of the Philippines.
COA noted that the latter name doesn’t exist legally because the official name is National Museum.
Bayan secretary general Mark Louie Aquino said employees who called out the alleged wrongdoings have seen their democratic rights stifled.
ABS-CBN News has a copy of a memo allegedly by Barns saying that nobody in the museum may talk to the media unless permitted by Barns.