COA castigates De Lima: Explain unliquidated P91.8-M disbursement, P123.8M confidential funds

A long time subsequent to assuming an instrumental part in the recording of loot charges against previous president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, it is currently the turn of winning senatorial hopeful Leila de Lima to clarify how she spent over P91.8 million in secret finances the Department of Justice (DOJ) spent in 2015. 

In its 2015 yearly review report for the DOJ, the Commission on Audit (COA) likewise criticized the DOJ for neglecting to completely liquidate some P123.8 million in classified assets amid the year. 

COA discharged the review report a couple days after the May 9 decisions. 

The review report secured De Lima's incumbency as justice secretary. She surrendered from the Aquino Cabinet a couple of months before the crusade time frame for national competitors initiated last February. 

Late Commission on Elections classification on the senatorial race demonstrated De Lima in the triumphant section at number 12. She appreciates an edge of more than one million votes over current thirteenth placer, previous Metro Manila Development Authority administrator Francis Tolentino. 

It will be reviewed that De Lima assumed an essential part in the recording of loot charges against Arroyo regarding the payment of P329 million in classified and insight assets of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 

The previous justice secretary was additionally credited for keeping the previous CEO from leaving the nation in 2011 through a unimportant Watch List request issued by her office. 

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"Dispensing Vouchers (DVs) covering loans (CAs) for classified assets (CF), collecting P91,896,060.75 as of December 31, 2015, were not submitted to the COA Audit Team Leader for post review, in opposition to Section of Joint Circular (JC) No. 2015-01 dated January 8, 2015," the COA report expressed. 

The review organization likewise reprimanded the DOJ for neglecting to completely sell P123,811,983.35 of the aggregate P173,755,064.92 drawn by extraordinary dispensing officers (SDOs) from classified assets. 

"Check and investigation of the record Advances to Special Disbursing Officer demonstrated that from January 1 to December 31, 2015, loans under the CF were allowed to SDOs in the aggregate sum of P173,755,064.92," said COA. 

Of the sum, just P49,943,081.57 was exchanged, "as confirm by the Transmittal Letters got by COA-ICFAU, leaving an unliquidated parity of P123,811,983.35, as of December 31, 2015," the review body included. 

Government examiners said loans for classified asset costs ought to have been exchanged 30 days after every quarter. 

Then again, COA likewise focused on that the non-accommodation of the vouchers counteracted COA "to assess whether Management conformed to the rules on the giving of CAs for classified costs." 

State examiners clarified that a report on the distributions is a key apparatus that would help COA at rendering inspecting suggestions and activities on the use. 

"In addition, an examination of the DVs submitted demonstrated that the Chief Accountant did not stamp or print a confirmation on the DVs showing that the past loan conceded to the SDO had been iquidated. This is in spite of Section 6.1.5 of the same Joint Circular," COA said. 

In the wake of accepting the underlying COA perception, the DOJ boss bookkeeper submitted in February and March the required dispensing vouchers for private asset costs totaling P79,400,110.75. 

Evaluators said this leaves a parity of P12.49 million in dispensing vouchers still unaccounted for.

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Source: Manila Bulletin

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COA castigates De Lima: Explain unliquidated P91.8-M disbursement, P123.8M confidential funds COA castigates De Lima: Explain unliquidated P91.8-M disbursement, P123.8M confidential funds Reviewed by Kristian S. on 22 May Rating: 5

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