Former Social Welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo has denied the accusations raised by President Rodrigo Duterte during a speech in Cotabato City recently.
“No, Mr. President, I did not give money to the NPA nor did I enrol them in the 4Ps,” she said in a statement posted on her social media account.
“In fact, it was the families of soldiers killed-in-action that were enrolled in the 4Ps upon your explicit instructions,” she added.
Taguiwalo also said the lumads or indigenous people approached DSWD after Duterte met with them.
“They approached DSWD for assistance which we provided in the form of family food packs and sustainable livelihood programs,” she said.
Taguiwalo issued the statement after Duterte accused her anew of enrolling members of the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to the government’s 4Ps program.
The 4Ps, which stands for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households.
“He (Duterte) has made these public accusations before, accusations that were never brought up during the several hearings of the Commission on Appointments on my appointment as DSWD Secretary,” Taguiwalo said.
“I wonder why I continue to be the subject of unfounded and completely false accusations by no less than the President,” she added.
Taguiwalo underscored that her work at the agency was based on the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“My stint as DSWD Secretary was guided by his instructions when he met us, Cabinet members -designate, on May 31, 2016 in Davao City — to serve the people well; to provide assistance promptly; to be inclusive and to oppose corruption,” she said in a statement posted on her social media account.
“I have been very open and transparent during my term. The President knows very well how I assiduously and continuously reported to him the services and activities of the department,” she added.
Taguiwalo added that the personnel at the DSWD can attest to her work, leadership.
“I call on the President to stop demonizing me and other upright civil servants like my fellow teachers whose only crime, if it can be considered a crime, is to exercise our democratic right to be critical of policies and programs that are anti-people and anti-poor,” she said. — BAP, GMA News