Hontiveros seeks probe on how Duterte Admin used funds, special powers under Bayanihan Law

Hontiveros seeks probe on how Duterte Admin used funds, special powers under Bayanihan Law

Opposition senator Rissa Hontiveros called for an audit of the public funds being spent by the Duterte administration as regards in addressing the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.
She is of the belief that despite Congress granting the Executive department the exclusive powers of the purse has not produce any results.

"We should have established sufficient infrastructure and mustered enough human resources to adequately respond to this health crisis. However, this is clearly not the case," Senator Hontiveros said in a privilege speech.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros delivers a privilege speech calling for an audit to see how the executive branch implemented the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, June 3, 2020.
(photo credit to ABS-CBN News)

"Apat na buwan na ang nakakaraan. Bilyon-bilyon ang pondo na nasa kamay ng pamahalaan at malawak ang kapangyarihan na ibinigay natin sa Pangulo pero hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin tayong pinangako nilang 30,000 tests per day. Hindi rin malinaw kung na-flatten na ba ang curve ng pandemiya," she said.
"Paano natin mapagkakatiwalaan ang gobyerno na gamitin sa maayos ang pera ng bayan kung may mga taong walang konsensiyang pinagkakakitaan ang pandemyang ito?" she adds.

Magbasa ka ng report

Malacanang in answering the query of the opposition senator through the Presidential spokesperson said the senator just need to read the weekly report the Office of the President submits to Congress.
“Kinakailangan lang siguro basahin ni Senator Risa Hontiveros yung weekly report ng Pangulo sa Kongreso kada lingo,” Atty. Harry Roque said in the virtual presser.

“Hindi na kailangan yan (audit) dahil meron na nga pong weekly report at meron din po tayong COA post-audit,” he also said.
As per the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan lawa weekly report is part of the check and balance measure that the President needs to comply with.

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