COA to sue gov’t agencies over unliquidated cash advances

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

THE Commission is Audit (COA) is set to file malversation charges against government agencies that have yet to liquidate their cash advances amounting to billions of pesos, COA chairperson Maria Grace Pulido-Tan told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee Thursday.

"We were able to come up with a list of these individuals and organizations that did not make these liquidations. We are in the process of making 'suyod' so that we can file cases through the Ombudsman," said Tan at the continuation of the Senate hearing on the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Without naming the likely respondents of the charges, Tan said the COA Fraud Audit and Investigation Office will file the cases in two months.

Tan said, "There is a presumption in law that that money was malversed" if the cash advances remain unliquidated despite repeated demands from COA.

The COA chairperson noted that the agencies had received their "final demand" back in 2011.

"When I came in, I saw billions of unliquidated cash advances, so what we did was, we better make a final demand...We even published that in the newspaper," she said.

Tan said the cash advances are what the agencies are transferring to non-government organizations (NGOs).

In connivance with lawmakers and government agency heads, pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly channeled government funds to bogus NGOs. (Sunnex)

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