UN Offers Help in Philippine Probe of Alleged Peacekeeping Fund Misuse

The United Nations has offered to help the Philippine government investigate the alleged diversion of funds that the global organization provided for Filipino peacekeepers sent to East Timor.

The investigation of the alleged diversion is a national matter but the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations is ready to assist if requested, the United Nations said in a statement, according to ABS-CBN News.

The alleged corruption of U.N. peacekeeping funds was exposed by former state auditor Heidi Mendoza, who claimed in a legislative hearing that military officials diverted the money through ghost projects and double-charging activities.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.