Duterte-appointed Sheriff Abas receives COA's letter citing COMELEC's 2.580 billion illegal disbursements

The COMELEC used P2,580,157,478.24 under 60 contracts to procure goods and services without proper documents.

NEWS BY THE STAR: The Commission on Audit (COA) has directed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to justify why it entered into supply contracts totaling P2.58 billion despite the absence of a Certificate of Availability of Funds (CAF), in violation of government procurement rules.

"The absence of the required CAF in the contracts entered into by Comelec rendered the contracts null and void, as provided for in the above cited regulations, thus resulting in illegal disbursements," the COA said in its management letter to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas on May 21, 2018.

COA explained that it issued a management letter instead of an annual audit report as the poll body has yet to submit its financial statements for 2017.

The COA said a review by its audit team revealed that 60 contracts for the procurement of goods and services amounting to P2,580,157,478.24 were effected, despite the absence of the CAF. SOURCE: COA questions Comelec’s P2.5-billion supply contracts; Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) - August 4, 2018 - 12:00am; Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/08/04/1839491/coa-questions-comelecs-p25-billion-supply-contracts#s41UgO6zCMH6vPz1.99
THE COA: There shall be a Commission on Audit composed of a Chairman and two Commissioners, who shall be natural-born citizens of the Philippines and, at the time of their appointment, at least thirty-five years of age, Certified Public Accountants with not less than ten years of auditing experience, or members of the Philippine Bar who have been engaged in the practice of law for at least ten years, and must not have been candidates for any elective position in the elections immediately preceding their appointment. At no time shall all Members of the Commission belong to the same profession. (Section 1 of Article IX-D of the 1987 Constitution)

The Commission on Audit shall have 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, or any of its subdivisions, agencies, or instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporations with original charters, and on a post- audit basis: constitutional bodies, commissions and offices that have been granted fiscal autonomy under this Constitution; xxx. (Section 2 of Article IX-D of the 1987 Constitution)

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