Sep 23, 2021 @ 19:57

Dahil ba senador si Dick o nabayaran COA? Duterte says Mike Aguinaldo could be Gordon’s accomplice for not filing corruption charges against senator

After refusing to scrutinize the books of the Philippine Red Cross, Commission on Audit Chairman Michael Aguinaldo is now being put to task by President Rodrigo Duterte for letting off the hook Senator Dick Gordon on his alleged corruption.

“Alam mo Chairman Aguinaldo, wala ka ng taong makikita as courteous, as most respectful to you. Noong pinakilala mo ako, magsalita pa ako, mag-bow-bow pa ako. Pero pagka you trigger something in me, pati ikaw tanungin ko, anong ginawa mo sa kaso ni Gordon? Have you filed a case against him?” said Duterte in a briefing.

“Did you report this matter to the Ombudsman? Kasi ‘pag hindi, kasali talaga tayong lahat dito. Why because he is a senator? O nabayaran kayo lahat diyan? Tell me,” he added.

Duterte is claiming that Gordon is liable for malversation after the COA issued a disallowance report for pocketing P86 million in Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) where the senator served as chairman from 1992 to 1998.

“To COA, nag-recommend na ba kayo ng charges dahil hanggang ngayon hindi pa nababayaran ‘yung disallowed amount ng senador na ito? You should start filing cases against hese people. Ang tagal na niyan. November 2016 pa ang disallowance, bakit wala pa ang kaso hanggang ngayon?” said Duterte.

Duterte said Aguinaldo, who was appointed to a seven-year term in COA in March 2015, should have endorsed for investigation by the Ombudsman COA ‘s disallowance report against Gordon.

Aside from the disallowed funds with the SBMA, Duterte claimed that Gordon “co-mingled” his P88 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) with the Philippine Red Cross which the senator has chaired since 2004.

Ang nagsasabi nga niyan mga taga-Red Cross. Itinawag lang sa akin sa cellphone, masama pa ang linya na mayroon kang nakuha, isinali mo doon sa pera ng Red Cross, which means to say now that hindi na ma-audit ng COA kasi ang COA sabi mo hindi puwedeng mag-audit sa Red Cross,” said Gordon.

Gordon admitted transferring his pork barrel funds with PRC. “We gave it to the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development). At that time, it was allowed,” said Gordon who noted that COA did not flag the transaction.

Duterte question Aguinaldo for not compelling PRC to fulfill its obligation to submit an annual audit of the donations it has received from government.

“You know, Chairman Aguinaldo, it’s in the Constitution, hanapin mo ‘yung pera, ‘yung PDAF na ‘yan. Because if not, then we will be forced to go into a judicial exercise of mandamus.That is not good. I do not want to do that. You are a very amiable person. Sabi ko wala kaming hiningi at saka wala akong ‘yung pa-special na ano audit na palusutan, wala. Go for the truth,” said Duterte.

“Kung nagkasala sila, durugin ninyo. Wala akong problema. We never agreed that we join government and plunder… Ako, lahat ng mga judges, lahat ng Supreme Court, isa lang akin, ‘Sir, you do what is right’,” Duterte added.

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