President Duterte will audit COA if he won as vice president in 2022.
On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will audit the Commission on Audit (COA) if he won as vice president in 2022.
The President’s tirades against COA seemed to be far from over after he volunteered to audit the agency if he won as vice president next year.
President Duterte said in his pre-recorded public address Thursday that he can’t determine who audited the country’s auditors.
“Sino’ng nag-o-audit ng COA? Sino nag-aapura sa kanila? Mahirap ‘yan. Sabihin na ikaw yung tigasilip na hindi ka na rin masilip. ‘Yan ang problema diyan. Tell me. I’ve been trying to figure out in this democratic setup, sino ang mag-audit ng COA? That is my question,” said President Duterte.
President Duterte also said that he will volunteer to look into COA’s spending if he won as vice president in the 2022 elections.
According to the President, somebody should do it and he will do that if he became vice president. He added that he will do the auditing for the entire government — including his office.
President Duterte’s statement came after the Commission on Audit (COA) cited in its report some financial deficiencies in a number of government agencies under the Executive Branch.
The President had been hitting the Commission on Audit for its report that cited deficiencies in the spending, contracts, and financial management of some agencies, particularly after it flagged the Department of Health (DOH) for deficiencies in the handling of some PHP 67 billion COVID-19 response funds.
Despite this, President Duterte said that he didn’t want COA to stop what they’re doing but asked COA to reconfigure their reports to include a caveat saying that there were no funds lost because of corruption.