A businesswoman has urged the Office of the President to look into the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), saying officers there have been accepting bribes in exchange for posting “defamatory” Notices to the Public on the department’s website.
In a five-page letter addressed to the President, Virginia Rodriguez, also a former journalist, said one particular notice was hurtful to her reputation as a general manager of a construction firm.
The notice posted on the department’s website warned the public that Rodriguez, along with Angelica Vega, Bernie Estillote, Pearlie Monsato and Zenan Malabanan, were misrepresenting themselves as DBM employees to facilitate the release of funds for local government units (LGUs).
However, Rodriguez told the President the notice was posted “without complaints or legal documents from concerned agencies and has no basis, thus considered defamatory and slanderous.”
“The Notice to the Public posted by the DBM on its website without evidence is a vivid image of corruption happening inside the department,” Rodriguez said in her complaint.
She appealed to the President to hear her side to clear her name.
The former sports writer also sought assistance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after allegedly receiving death threats from her former employees.
Rodriguez claimed she received the death threat after she sacked four of her firm’s employees, adding that she has “complete evidence of a plan to ruin and kill her.”
“Since last week, there have been cars circling my house and vehicles have also tailed me,” she added.