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Corona counsel: COA has no power to issue notice of disallowance


MANILA, Philippines—Counsel for Chief Justice Renato Corona on Monday questioned the Commission on Audit’s issuance of a notice of disallowance by the Commission on Audit on the sale 11 years ago of a lot owned by the Basa-Guidote Entrprises Inc. to the City of Manila for P34.7 million.

Lawyer Ramon Esguerra noted that even CoA National Capital Region Cluster Director Baby Alagon disagrees with the notice of disallowance, saying “CoA has no power to issue the ND. CoA has no power even to rescind the Deed of Sale.’’

The CoA notice, dated March 19, 2012, disallowed the P34.7 million payment that the City of Manila paid in 2001 to Cristina Corona, wife of the Chief Justice citing overpricing and failure to submit some of the necessary requirements.

It further asked Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim to direct at least eight former City Hall officials and Cristina Corona who received the payment “in trust” for Basa-Guidote Enterprise Inc. (BGEI) to settle the matter immediately.

The notice was signed by Roberto Limcolioc, the audit team leader, and Elinore Lavilla, the supervising auditor.

The audit disallowance was apparently the result of an audit by a team that evaluated an earlier notice of suspension, dated March 5, 2002, on the payment for the purchase of Lot 1-A-3 with an area of 1,020.7 square meters belonging to the BGEI, a corporation that is the subject of an ownership dispute between Cristina Corona and the rest of the Basa side of family.

“It is our position that the Notice of Suspension issued in 2002 by then COA Manila Auditor Gabby Espina was not properly served to and received by the ‘persons liable,’ a breach of COA Rules and due process.  Mere routing, unsigned logbook was used, not the authorized form which is a strict requirement of the law.  Even if it were validly issued, it cannot be the basis for a ND, more so after 11 years,” Esguerra said.

“What we have here is another LRA when agencies and processes were compromised to support a certain position.  What makes this worst is that COA is a constitutional commission,” Esguerra noted.

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Tags: Basa-Guidote Enterprises Inc. , city of Manila , COA , Corona Impeachment , Cristina Corona , News , notice of disallowance

  • maylah1969

    Defense counsel Ramon Esguerra has no personality commenting on COAs decision because he does not represent any of the party involve in this case, BGEI and City of Manila. His comments are for his own consumption only.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2MZP2PTOECQM4TDA4SG6DODYTE Little

    Utos un ni Pnoy sa COA, kung paano nya din minanipulate ang LRA..
    ano pa ba aasahan mo?
    PIPILITIN BALUKTUTIN ang lahat para sa TUWID nyang DAAN sa BUKTOT niyang PAG-IISIP!!!

    • OFW_Dubai

       mali yata….pinipilit ngang ituwid yung mga baluktot na ginawa nung panahon ni pandak at ni TJ…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LDVQWETLXL7SFA46BWLIQEQRHA B

        anong tuwid ang sinasabi mo. magdadalawang taon na si Pnoy sa pagiging presidente, may nagawa na ba siya….magbanggit ka nga. Salam , sadik!!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q yahoo-KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q

        paglalakad nga niya hindi niya maituwid, yun pa kayang bulok na sistemang lalo niyang pinabubulok? mga g*go!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KISP4XFWDO7PMCBCIAG5XEYQ7M Peregrino Natividad

    Most students in five universities polled by a group distrust Chief Justice Justice Renato Corona, with majority of them saying Corona was no longer fit to lead the judiciary.
    Gibby Gorres, SCAP national secretary general, also said the poll is excluded from the sub judice rule, which prohibits the discussion of the merits of a case outside the court, because the group is not a party to the impeachment case.
    The latest round of the survey included Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Ateneo de Davao University, University of the East-Manila and the Tarlac State University
    “The survey was conducted to gauge the interest and satisfaction of the students concerning the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Corona,” said Kristine Baguio, SCAP deputy spokesperson

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LDVQWETLXL7SFA46BWLIQEQRHA B

       ilan bang students ang tinanong, nagrerepresent ba yan ng lahat ng students. nagpapaniwala kayo sa survey????

      • sanjuan683

        Mga grade one students yun na-SURVEY nila heheheheheheh wha!!!!!!!!!!! puro kain lang ang alam nila. heheheheh wha!!!!!!!!!!

    • sanjuan683

      Tama ka diyan mga students ng five universities ang distrust kasi mga grade one students yun na-SURVEY nila. hehehehehe NA-UGOK KA NILA. Hindi ka kasi nagbabasa kumita ka na ba. hehehehehehehehe wha!!!!!!!!!!!

  • saintleonardo

    Even Satan will not let the thief justice serve him, he might install the little fake president as his replacement with the help of crazy Miriam and senile corrupt Joker.

    • sanjuan683

      Ganun ba SATANAS heheheheheh wha

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q yahoo-KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q

      you are the king of the devils!…yellow devil at that!

  • Handiong

    Eh, kung yung Secretary’s Certificate na ginamit ni Cristina Corona upang nakawin yung P34.7 million ay valid after 14 years, bakit ang Notice of Disallowance issued after 11 years hindi?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q yahoo-KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q

      what an idiotic comment!

      • teraytaray

        what a moronic comment!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBG3CSDWJH7MZ273WQV37H6DIA mario

         your comment is more idiotic

  • andrew lim

    Puro technicalities talaga ang defense. They are not after what is right, only after what is legal.

    • sanjuan683

      Talaga magaling ang DEFENSE yun mga prosecutors puro mga UGOK AT BUGOK AT BOBO. Kaya kung gusto mo maging dakilang BOBO sumama ka na sa kanila. heheheheheheh wha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q yahoo-KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q

      and what is right then? right for the Noynoying president? no way!

  • jiroarturo

    Kung fraud ang pag-uusapan walang statute of limitation yan. Hala, ang masamang gawain ay pinaparusahan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1101450193 Boy Naranjo

    Parang style ito ni corona, di pa rin na transfer ang certificate of title sa City of Manila, just like the one sold to his cousin in Marikina.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q yahoo-KMPWZ7AIMWABC7DZWYWTW3CL5Q

    Ang matuwid na daan kuno ni Abnoynoy ay unti unti ng nabubulok!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYQYPW6MLJC7OLGLCJRS4IAC4 Regd

    Abay di raw natangap yung ND ng auditor nung 2002? Unsigned logbook ika ang ginamit? either way, hindi nga na-comply ng city hall after 11 years. E ibalik ng city hall yung pera. 

    Sabi ni Cuevas kung ayaw nyo, ibalik namin yung lupa? Dito ako nalito, sya pala ang abogado ng Basa? Penge ebidensya? 

  • mekeni62

    halos lahat na lang ng sangay ng government na ito nagamit na ni Pnoy sa impeachment.Latest itong COA.Sino ang susunod LTO? Customs? Dept of Energy?..baka pati PAGASA puwede! ha ha ha.

  • nice_boy

    Among the constitutional bodies, only the SC and hopefully the Senate are truly independent of the Executive.  The Comelec, Civil Service Commision, Commision on Audit and the Ombudsman  are used by Noynoy to go after his political enemies.

    Never again to one-man-rule.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PN3VRDYP7ZZDTUHWG5R7RJSXWM raul n

      and so with pandak. She used comelec (hello garci), DOTC (nbn-zte), commission on audit (macapagal highway the most expensive highway of the world), the ombudsman (ask merci why she is sitting on the cases against glorya and husband), congress (bumalik nga sya sa congress), civil service commission (mag apoint sana ng hardinero para sa pag-ibig). The use of this constitutional bodies by the present administration is not for fraud but to ferret out the truth and anomalous transactions which the former administration is very fond of.

      • nice_boy

        None of the cases you mentioned are instances that GMA used constitutional bodies to go after her political enemies. Unlike this administration.

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        raul n wrote, in response to nice_boy:
        and so with pandak. She used comelec (hello garci), DOTC (nbn-zte), commission on audit (macapagal highway the most expensive highway of the world), the ombudsman (ask merci why she is sitting on the cases against glorya and husband), congress (bumalik nga sya sa congress), civil service commission (mag apoint sana ng hardinero para sa pag-ibig). The use of this constitutional bodies by the present administration is not for fraud but to ferret out the truth and anomalous transactions which the former administration is very fond of. Link to comment

  • kilabot

    noynoy capone has gone berserk. abnoying state of mind. bring him back to psychiatric hospital, pronto!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BP3ROAKRQEAU4BSABD5E3GLGXM Maricar Esquela

    it’s really a mystery why this was issued just now, 11 years after the sale? mayor atienza is right in raising this question.

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