Solon seeks protection for whistleblower

A whistleblower who will testify against a corrupt government official
will be given complete protection under a measure encouraging
employees to uphold integrity and honesty in public service.

Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City), author of House
Bill 1832, said the proposal aims to strengthen government and
corporate accountability by supporting and protecting the right of
employees to speak about their employer’s misconduct on the job.

The bill, to be known as “An Act Establishing Protection for
Whistleblowers,” was prompted by the first State of the Nation Address
(SONA) last year of President Benigno Aquino III urging Congress to
pass a “whistleblower bill.”

Teodoro said President Aquino emphasized the importance of the
whistleblower bill in the government campaign against the culture of
sowing fear to those who want to expose the corrupt practices and
misconduct in public service.

“Whistleblowers need to be protected against possible retaliation from
their employers if the new administration’s campaign against graft and
corruption is to succeed,” Teodoro said.

Teodoro said his proposal will encourage citizens, especially
government employees, to maintain honesty and integrity in the public
service and provide a positive and effective measure against graft and

Under the bill, government officials who are being accused of
irregularity are prohibited from undertaking retaliatory action
against employees who will testify against their superiors.

“The bill prohibits officials from threatening an employee who
provides information before any public body conducting an
investigation or inquiry into any violation of existing laws,” Teodoro

Teodoro said most “whistleblowers” are being harassed and often fired
by their superiors.

“Those who expose corruption in their offices are often accused of
having a grievance with their employer or trying to profit from their
allegations and expose,” Teodoro said.

“The fear generated by such retaliation creates a chilling effect on
the willingness of the employees to come forward,” Teodoro added.

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