MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte vowed he will audit government agencies, including the Commission on Audit (COA), if he wins as vice president in the 2022 elections.
During his taped public address aired late Thursday, Duterte again mentioned COA and its initial findings, adding that the commission should also be audited.
“Gaya ng sinasabi ko sa inyo, sino ang nag-a-audit sa COA. May I ask that question?” he asked.
“Sino nag-aapura sa kanila? Mahirap yan, ikaw yung taga-silip, hindi ka na rin masilip, yan ang problema diyan,” he added.
Duterte has been criticizing the state auditor since it released its report on the alleged deficiencies in the Department of Health’s (DOH) COVID-19 response fund.
Should he become vice president next year, Duterte said he will volunteer to audit all government agencies, including his office.
“Somebody should do it, I will do it, if I become vice president. Ako na lang rin mag-audit sa lahat ng gobyerno, lahat, pati yung akin. Mag-umpisa ako sa akin,” he said.
Duterte also reiterated his call for COA to give government agencies elbow room when it comes to the liquidation of funds as it is not easy to comply with all its requirements, especially amid the public health crisis.
Under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, COA has the power, authority, and duty to examine, audit, and settle all accounts pertaining to the revenue and receipts of, and expenditures or uses of funds and property, owned or held in trust by, or pertaining to the government, including government-owned or controlled corporations with original charters.
The commission also has exclusive authority, subject to the Constitutional limitations, to define the scope of its audit and examination, establish the techniques and methods required therefor, and promulgate accounting and auditing rules and regulations, including those for the prevention and disallowance of irregular, unnecessary, excessive, extravagant, or unconscionable expenditures, or uses of government funds and properties.