Former Caloocan congresswomen Mitzi Cajayon-Uy is looking for justice. She is looking for public officials that the Office of the Ombudsman unjustly accused of graft to receive compensation.
Uy sees herself as one of them. She was acquitted last November 12 by the Sandiganbayan of four counts of graft and malversation. This was connected to an alleged misuse of P10 million in her Priority Development Assistance Fund last 2009.
She suffered emotionally, financially and morally, she said after she was cleared.
Hoping for a comeback as Caloocan’s 2nd District representative in the upcoming May 2022 elections, Uy resigned as undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Her hope is that the ombudsman outrightly dismisses graft complaints filed against public officials that are baseless.
She also wants the anti-graft agency to set up a performance monitoring system for ombudsman prosecutors and investigators that waste public funds on the pursuit of unfounded complaints.
“This is a crusade against fake news,” she stated when interviewed by the Philippine Star, “and the waste of public funds in looking into complaints that are baseless and unsubstantiated.”
Only 25 percent of the Office of the Ombudsman’s graft cases in 2019–which cost P643.2 million out of their P4.82 billion budget that year–resulted in conviction, Uy added.