PRRD tells Imee to hurt auditors, ignore COA orders

President Rodrigo Duterte has called on local officials to defy "stupid" Commission on Audit circulars, even going as far as telling Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to push a COA employee down the stairs. Duterte made the remark after Marcos claimed, at a post-typhoon briefing in Ilocos Norte, that COA does not allow cash advances for the purchase of building materials such as GI sheets.

But Duterte told Marcos, “Ihulog mo sa hagdanan.” Cheering Duterte on, Marcos said, "Yes, yes, yes."

The President went on to say that COA has not contributed to national development and that its circulars that cover government transactions are meaningless because it is not a law.

“'Yang circular na 'yan, pakialam ko diyan. Make it a law. I don't give a shit on a circular,” Duterte said.

SOURCE: Duterte calls on local execs to defy 'stupid' COA circulars; Published September 16, 2018 7:46pm;
THE CONSTITUTION ON COA: 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:

[a] constitutional bodies, commissions and offices that have been granted fiscal autonomy under this Constitution;
[b] autonomous state colleges and universities;
[c] other government-owned or controlled corporations and their subsidiaries; and
[d] such non-governmental entities receiving subsidy or equity, directly or indirectly, from or through the Government, which are required by law or the granting institution to submit to such audit as a condition of subsidy or equity. However, where the internal control system of the audited agencies is inadequate, the Commission may adopt such measures, including temporary or special pre-audit, as are necessary and appropriate to correct the deficiencies. It shall keep the general accounts of the Government and, for such period as may be provided by law, preserve the vouchers and other supporting papers pertaining thereto.

The Commission shall have exclusive authority, subject to the limitations in this Article, 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. (Section 2 of Article IX-D of the 1987 Constitution)

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