CANA meets Marawi City’s anti-corruption leaders

Marawi anti-corruption leaders CANA

 

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur—The Citizen Action Network for Accountability (CANA) met with leaders of the anti-corruption campaign in the province – which includes former LGU officials – to discuss possible partnership for better transparency and accountability of local governments.

In a June 7 meeting with Sautol Haqq (Voice of the Truth), an anti-corruption watchdog composed of different Muslim organizations, CANA Community Formation Specialist Sonny Fernandez introduced the project and explained its work and what it has done so far.

Sautol Haqq officials, led by Atty. Salic Dumarpa and Bert Macapanton, positively received CANA’s advocacy and proposed partnership. They said the group has long been involved in pushing for transparency and accountability in LGUs, particularly in reporting alleged misuse of handling funds. However, exposing wrongdoings have put members’ lives at risk. Last year, as they demand for the publication of Governor Momintal Adiong’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN), a hand grenade was thrown at the house of their vice chairman and exploded while two hand grenades were thrown at the office of a local TV station where they run a program to report government activities and anomalies.

They also feared that as the 2016 election nears, kidnap-for-ransom incidents would increase to fund the campaign of some candidates.

Sautol Haqq members are happy to work with CANA soon to boost their public transparency campaign at the national level. They also believe that CANA is the most appropriate group to partner with, especially that journalists are involved in the project, together with civil society groups and concerned citizens.

At the end of the meeting, Sautol Haqq officials agreed to draft and pass a board resolution endorsing partnership with CANA, and submit a proposal to ITS secretariat. Photo by Sonny Fernandez