COA: Echiverri spent P1B on illegal projects

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Caloocan City Mayor Enrico EcheverriI PHOTO/ N. J. ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines–Caloocan Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri violated the Local Government Code when he entered into contracts and authorized the release of over P1 billion for various projects without the authorization of the city council, a 2011 Commission on Audit report released late last month said.

The report also noted that the projects that were supposedly funded by the releases were not specified as well as the amount appropriated for each one.

COA examiners led by Director Divinia Alagon said in their report that Echiverri violated Republic Act No. 7160 when, without the city council’s approval, he funded local development projects worth P81.911 million under the 2011 Annual Appropriations ordinance.

He again violated the law when he approved a P980-million supplemental budget, later funded by a P1.42-billion bank loan.

“In the annual budget of 2011, it was noted that the amount (P81.911 million) was lumped with no specific projects to be implemented. The ordinance did not provide details [of] the projects to be implemented and their cost,” COA said.

The same was true of the supplemental budget ordinance for the amount of P980 million, it added.

“It only provides lump sum appropriations for [a] sports center, public markets, barangay (village) halls, city pound building, commercial building, trading center [and] community water system, among others,” the COA said in its report.

“In other words, the appropriation was in generic terms and lacks specificity, thus, [it] will require Sangguniang authority,” it added, citing a Supreme Court ruling requiring the approval of ordinances detailing the projects to be funded before their implementation.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer tried to reach Echiverri for comment but calls to Caroliza delos Santos, the city’s public information officer, went unanswered. With a report from Kristine Felisse Mangunay

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  • BOYPDAF

    KURAKOT,isang malaking Calokohan CIty

  • brentcom

    if this is true then this maniac face guy should be liable. why maniac? look at his face. obvious ba?

  • Andrew Dela Cruz

    kawatan talaga yan si recom

  • JasonBieber

    While PNoy steadily and continually attacks GMA for corruption that he has no proof of…corruption is still occurring under his nose in the Philippines and PNoy is not doing much to stop it because his goal and agenda is to chase after his predecessor.

    • richard ortega

      kasalanan na naman ni pnoy? di lahat ng opisyal mabbantayn ng pangulo.

      • JasonBieber

        PNoy is too busy campaigning for Bam and cracking jokes trying to be a comedian, shooting his gun at the gun range, and traveling to nice foreign places like Australia, NZ, and Switzerland.

        It’s more fun in the Philippines for PNoy.

      • 33Sambuang2

        at least when he goes of of town, me business na nakukuha di tulad ng idol mong sandamakmak ang kasama abroad. gastos dito, gastos doon. hirap sa iyo umuunlad na konti ang pinas, kontra ka pa rin.

    • jga94

      If PNoy had not put in good people to man COA (and in the Office of the Ombudsman), would you think it possible for this commission to do a good job? Hindi naman si PNoy personally who shld be going after each and every corrupt official—he should institute changes to vital govt offices so these can do the job of going after these corrupt people (like appointing good people like Morales, Tan, Mendoza etc. to vital institutions).Kakatawa lang dahil tungkol itong article kay Recom, hindi kay PNoy pero pilit pa ring isinisingit sya.

      • JasonBieber

        Just like PNoy tried to put Padaca and Lanto in the Comelec?

        Under the PNoy Administration they are not after corruption they are only after political opposition, in particular GMA.

        If you are PNoy KKK just like Puno, Acosta, Padaca, Llamas…then you can do whatever you like without facing any real consequence.

      • joshmale2004

        1. Puno was sacked instead of just being transferred to another office.
        2. Although Padaca was bailed, Pnoy did not ask DOJ to drop or dismiss the case. The case is still outstanding.
        3. I am not aware of Acosta.
        4. Llamas was in Switzerland when his car was apprehended driven by an off duty bodyguard. The bodyguard was sacked and charged in court. PNP cleared Llamas because the gun is duly licensed to Llamas who was receiving death threats being political adviser of Pnoy. Even a private citizen can not be charged if his gun is duly licensed.

      • popeyee

        1. Puno was sacked due to pressure from the people, that’s the fact..
        2. Dahil sa pagpiyansa nya kay Padaca, di ba may duda ng mai-influence nya ang DOJ o ang korte? If all accused should be treated innocent unless proven guilty, di ba dapat nya ring piyansahan ang lahat ng iba pang akusado, hindi lang si Padaka?

  • joshmale2004

    This SOB is running for Congress this election under the LP. I am solid LP for the Senate Mr. President and avid defender of your “Daang Matuwid”. We trust you that you will set aside party affiliation and bring this man to court to give justice to your Caloocan constituents. This kind of politicians have no room for your Daang Matuwid. Make an example out of him.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Aquino should kick him out even not convicted yet.

    • padrefaura

      i bet your idol Pnoy will coddle him instead of kicking him out.
      this will show you how much of a farce the “daang matuwid” is.
      senate slates pa lang for angara, villar and cayetano speaks a lot.

      • joshmale2004

        I still have faith with the guardians Pnoy have appointed. If not for the COA’s professionalism, this will not be exposed. I’m sure he will not hamper DOJ’s job on this. Pnoy may have favorites in his people but in terms of money corruption, I don’t think he will step in between.

      • padrefaura

        You really think pnoy is a saint? You will frustrated for sure. The only reason why pnoy is being perceived as clean is that the yellow media like abs cbn and inquirer are protecting him and brainwashing. Idiots to think pnoy is immaculate.

      • joshmale2004

        No he is not a saint nor a perfect President. But among the Presidents, he is one of the President so far not tainted with amassing wealth from the coffers of our treasury. And he is half way his term.

      • noyab

        tainted with amazing wealth then what about hacienda luisita na for 50 long years ay di nila isinauli sa farmers…di ba welath nyung kinita ng hacienda…..siguro ungas or yellow zombies kaya gaya ni pinoy magisip

      • lemon88

        WALANG NAGSASABING P-NOY IS A SAINT NOR A CLEAN PRESIDENT. MARAMI NARIN SYANG MGA PALPAK NA ACTION, THE LATEST IS THE SABAH STANDOFF. AND DITO SA INQUIRER MO NABASA KUNG NAGBABASA KA NA SABI NI AMADO DORONILLA, 1 COLUMNIST OF INQUIRER “THAT P-NOY IS ACTING AS A JAILER OF THE MALAYSIAN GOV’T. AT PRESENT ANG IMPORTANTE KAHIT KAPARTIDO NI P-NOY NABUBUNYAG ANG MGA KAMALIAN KANILANG GINAGAWA KAGAYA NI ECHIVERRI AT SANA MAPARUSAHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • gikiness

        KUNDI KA PA NAMAN TALANGKA, SI AMDO DORONILLA PA ANG BINASA MO

      • crocodiledundee

        maski papaano nman bumalik na trust ng mga investors sa pinas… mas maraming alam yang mga yan sa tunay na estado ng isang bansa… matutunog yan konting palpak lang ng gobierno takbuhan na yang mga yan…

      • padrefaura

        anong trust ng investors na pinagsasabi mo? ang stocks sa PSE ay pababa ng pababa. nagtatakbuhan na ang mga investors mo.

      • gikiness

        MASAYA KA NAMAN DOON, TALANGKA?

      • padrefaura

        just saying a fact, talangka na? pag nag-criticize ke Pnoy, talangka na?

      • gikiness

        ANG MGA TALANGKA MADALING MABRAINWASH INGAT, DI MO NAPANSIN NA BRAINWASH KA NA NI DORONILLA

      • padrefaura

        mas baliw ang naniniwala sa kapwa baliw. eh naniniwala ka sa idol mong si Pnoy.

      • 33Sambuang2

        check mo nga dre sa google kung tama ang pinagsasabi mo. bumaba ng konti dahil sa kaugukan ni kirat pero ang investors nandyan pa rin. sympre naman ang iba ang ginawa e profit taking.

      • noyab

        bakla yun di ba nyo alam kaya walang asawa hangang ngayon….

      • noyab

        yan akala mo bobo… ha ha ha

      • crocodiledundee

        uu nga sama ng line up ni pnoy… palitan na nya habang me oras pa?

    • Palku Kha

      daang matuwad kamo! pag KKK walang daang matuwid…just like Padaca!

    • noyab

      can you show me that daan matuwid kung saan lugar sa pinas,….ugok aha ha ha

  • jpastor

    Politukus assume people’s money are theirs.
    That’s a common trait from top officials like Enrile down to even lower position than echiverri.
    Siguro kung sila ang nanakawan papatay sila.

  • Lakan Dupil

    Tanggalin na yan sa Liberal.Panira sa buong organisasyon.

    • Palku Kha

      pagtanggalin yan si Echiverri sa LP marami silang matanggal.pinakasigurado ma iwan dyan si Rep.Erin Tanada lang…dahil siya ang may akda ng FOI bill…

  • lemon88

    DI LANG C ECHIVERRI ANG LIABLE DYAN. PRIMARILY LIABLE DIN ANG CHIEF ACCOUNTANT, TREASURER AT ANG LAHAT SIGNATORIES SA DISBURSEMENT VOUCHER AT TSEKE INCLUDING BID AND AWARDS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS KAPAG PEKE ANG MGA PROCUREMENTS PAPERS AT SIEMPRE YUNG PAYEE DAHIL I’M SURE BAGMAN LANG YUN.

    • s1ck0fit4ll

      tama!

    • crocodiledundee

      lemon88 kaya nga mayor ang tawag sa kanya alam nya dapat lahat yan dahil malaking halaga yan … ano yan nalusutan cya? naku e wag cyang tutulog tulog sa lugawan hehehe maski pumirma lahat sa munisipyo at ayaw nya walang magagawa… pede naman siyang mag-paliwanag sa korte tas kulong na.

  • jga94

    Hay naku, halos lahat ata ng municiplaity at city dito sa Metro Manila eh may duda ang mga tao sa mga mayor nila….eh kasi kahit naman yung pinalitan nitong si Recom eh kawatan din….wala na bang ibang mapagpipilian?

    • popeyee

      kawatan nga kamo pero bakit ang dami pa rin nyang supporters na handang mag vigil in case na ma-suspende sa pagka- mayor. So mga botante rin ang may problema..

  • PutingAgila

    Now what’s next after knowing the illegality of those transactions? Money involved came from public funds; our taxes!

  • Palku Kha

    abswelto na naman yan! KKK kasi. si Noynoy pa mag bayad sa pyansa escorted by Mar Roxas!

  • s1ck0fit4ll

    transparency lang DAPAT! yung parang mga project sa opisina na pwede reviewhin ng ibang katrabaho. DAPAT pwede din natin (tax payers) reviewhin pinaggagastos ng mga hayup na nasa pwesto!!!

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Country of graft and corruption. Country of thieves. The population wants to live somewhere outside of the country.

  • dodong1

    daming kickback nyan miski 10% per cent lang..ilang milyones nanaman ang nawala sa kaban ng bayan…tan na talaga puro bulok ang mga politkong pilipino…sa UNA man o sa LABAN…SANA HUWAG MAGING BOBOTANTE ANG MGA TAO…

  • dodong1

    HUWAG IBOTO ANG KUMAG NA ITO!!!

  • HarryK

    There must be a way to track expenditures real-time.

    • Loggnat

      The FOI bill is the closest you can get to real time tracking of tax money being spent. The law must require the government offices and government contractors to submit quarterly project expenditures and progress. These information will be open to the public at the same time it is available for audit by the COA.

  • Noel

    Speaking of untouchables, this guy is one since the time of GMA. If this government means business, he must be convicted.

  • speedstream2

    How do you define impunity? How do you define accountability? Are we still a government of laws?

  • XY ZEE

    Kasi naman kung natupad yung pinangakong FOI bill eh di matagal nang nabuko ang kumag na ito.

  • carlos_premacio

    another daang matuwid LP Candidate! Ano kayang masasabi sa anak/santito ng isang santa kuno? here’s your purist liberal party!

  • $16638896

    sa mukha pa lang ni echiverri, hindi mo na mapagkakatiwalaan eh! halatang hindi gagawa ng matino at mkhang kawatan hihihihi

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Tostado ngayon si Recom. Sunod naman anak nya.

  • TheTuth

    It only shows that COA is doing their job now. Not like the rubber-stamp COA during the fake president

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GLLLMBSX5AMH3KQSHIIRQQYRGM milo go

    Let due process take its course to put this manin jail and set an example for others. Our Laws are a joke for these politicians

  • patrickinca

    bakit ngayon lang gumagalaw ang COA kapag election na?

  • josefe38

    LP CANDIDATE BA KA NYO? ABSWELTO NA YAN KAAGAD NI ABNOY!!!!! SA KANYA PA MANGGAGALING ANG PIYANSA NYAN. YAN ANG TUWAD NA DAAN!!!!!! WALANG HIYA TALAGA ANG ABNORMAL NA PANOT!!!!

  • w33k3nd3r

    Have you guys seen Caloocan lately? It’s worse than Libya’s aftermath of Gaddafi’s fall. Recom is a shameless crook who uses Caloocan’s people’s tax money on his family’s extreme lavish spending and his sleazy womanizing. This has been going on for years! Stop supporting this villain! Caloocan is already totally left behind because of him!

  • Billy Reyes

    kahit kailanman hindi na pweding solusyonan ang corruption sa Pilipinas likas na sa Filipino ang pagnanakaw nasa dugo. Kahit anong batas pa ang ipasa para kontrolin eto. This is a grass roots problem, tabasin mo man uusbong parin, dapat ang ugat ang bungkalin palitan ng bagong damo.

  • Hunter421

    Jail him for syndicated plunder! Make an example out of him and all those involved.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    ECHIVERRI is Bad News.
    Matagal nang CORRUPT ang taong ito kaya lang BOBOtante ang Caloocan kaya nanalo pa din ang walang kwentang tao na ito.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Magnanakaw!

  • hustlergalore

    parang punong-puno ng botox ang mukha ni echiverri.

    kaya pala kapag ngumingiti ito, fixed!

  • Palku Kha

    Dapat kasi na isabatas na ang FOI bill,para ma sugpo ang mga kurap dito sa Bansa natin..lalong nagpapahirap.kaso lang ayaw ng administrasyon na to!!!

  • Palku Kha

    dapat kasi maging batas na ang FOI bill para ma sugpo na ang mga kurap sa Bansa natin.lalong nagpapahirap lang ang mga buwaya na yan! kaso ayaw sa administrasyon na to maraming mga KKK ang masagasaan!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YO4QYV7TG6VV5TSKPZXNKQHKUE Brando

    Walang kaba si Echiverri. LP member kunam man!

  • lemon88

    IT’S HIGH TIME NA PANGIL NA ANG IBIGAY SA COA DI LANG NGIPIN. KAILANGAN NG COA NG PROTECTION AT SUPPORTA NG PRESENT ADMINISTRATION AT NG MAMAMAYAN PARA ITONG MGA MALALAKING ANOMALYA AT CORRUPTION AY PATULOY NA MABUNYAG AT MALANTAD AT NG MAPARUSAHAN ANG MAYSALA.

    TANGGALIN SA PARTIDO LP ITONG PANDAK AT MAY MAITIM NA BUDHING ECHIVERRI!!!!!!

  • Brownfly

    The COA should file a case against Echiverri before the Office of the Ombudsman. What are the COA officials waiting for? But COA must have all the evidences against him.

  • henry21

    calling the attention of LP’s… yan ang partido ni Recom…. daang matuwid tungo sa mas malaking pagkaperahan? walang masama kung ang pera ay napunta sa tamang proyekto at sa tamang halaga….

    a good party sanitize themselves by monitoring the activities/projects of their members to ensure that hindi ito nagnanakaw ng pera ng bayan…..

    what is the good of the party if their members are corrupt? if they failed to enforce good ethics among themselves? in congress? in senate?

  • droccu

    Guess what will be Echeverri’s response to this detailed COA report? POLITICAL HARASSMENT since it’s election season!

  • Maldi2

    There you go, dilaw na dilaw! LOL…kagaya ng ginawa nya kay Banayo, dahan dahan lang nyang pasibatin itong si Echeverri. Maraming baku-baku sa TUWAD NA DAAN! Bwahahahaha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

    Na Letse Very ka ngayon, Echiverri he he he!

  • popeyee

    The COA clearly stated that “Echiverri violated a certain law”. So mapaparusahan kaya ito dahil may nilabag? Kung may suspension sigurado babarikadahan na naman ang city hall ng caloocan ng mga supporters nya, ala Gwen Garcia..

  • maypakialamtayo

    wala kayang kinalaman si GMA dito mr. president?

  • disqusted0fu

    Government officials such as Echiverri are testaments that there is no legit straight path and anti corruption. The straight path is just meant to brainwash the people and the anti corruption is only meant to harass political enemies.

  • tilamsik

    bawiin ang ninakaw at ikulong habangbuhay… daming mahihirap para suportahan ng gobyerno… tapos nanakawin lang ng politiko….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K2VH54C4AM2UFEVSVA7GDCNLVY Rizal

    Lifestyle check. Immediate suspension from LP membership. Once enough evidence is gathered to merit a case of plunder, file it immediately. Sampolan na yan. Hindi lang si GMA ang magnanakaw. Ubusin ang mga magnanakaw ano mang kulay ang bihis.

  • JohnDoeGB

    Isang taga-LP na naman! Naglabasan na ang baho. Sige nga yung ginawa ninyong harassment kay Gov. Gwen Garcia ng Cebu gawin nyo rin sa kapartido ninyo para na man masabi namin na fair kayo. O baka manahimik na naman kayo kagaya ng reaction nyo sa ginawa ng kapartido rin ninyong si Maliksi ha. Kahit na mas kahiyahiya yung ginawa ni Maliksi dahil SC na yung nagdesisyon… yun nagkulong pa rin sa mayor’s office na hindi pala dapat sa kanya.

  • malek_abdul

    Echi-verri corrupt pala itong si Enrico Echiverri. Attention DOJ: Pakilabas na po ung HDO.

  • athenapallas

    Corrupt to the bone ang taong ito matagal na. May anak pa sila ni Marjorie Barretto di ba? and he paid millions to Marjorie’s husband Dennis Padilla so he would not make habol ang iskandalo dahil mayor nga sya ng Caloocan. I wonder if he used our money -the tax payers’ to pay for that shenanigan. sana maparusahan ang korap na ito.

  • Adrian Espiritu

    This jerk riddled Caloocan with many mustachiod smileys of himself. Many police patrol cars bearing his ridiculous and epalog name RECOM. Riddled his tarps with his personal motto PRAY HARD, IT WORKS. He couldn’t even stop the proliferation of unlicensed guns in Caloocan. Most of the stray bullets last NY celebration were traced in Caloocan. And dnt even get me started with unremitted GSIS contributions of city hall employees. And now, for the ultimate nausea before he bows out of office—he fields his son RJ to run for mayor, with the son bearing the same stinking mustache. Mga taga-Caloocan, mag-isip-isip naman kayo sa darating na eleksyon.

  • $5699914

    Kawawang Caloocan…before, it was Asistio (for a very long time), then Malonzo (for a very long time din!)…tapos si Echiverri, same dog and collar!

    Kailan ba magigising ang mga taga-Calocan? O sadyang basket-case na lang ito?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jv.Balilis Jv Balilis

    Echiverri, Maliksi, Padaca, etc. iilan lng yan sa mga kilalang miyembro ng dilaw na mapagkunwaring daan in partnership with yellow media ABS-CBN and Inquirer itself. .hahai what a shame

    • muddygoose

      Partner with INQ, sabay sa INQ mo nabasa ito? Hmm too much youtube will make you dull…

  • muddygoose

    Uy mga taga-Caloocan, please…

  • catmanjohn

    Echeverri looks like an Estrada, and behaves like an Estrada, therefore he must be an Estrada, posing as an LP. A real LP doesn’t do that, but a fake one, which there are many of these planted clowns, will damage their opposition while getting all the windfalls. Master charlatan Estrada at it again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    ngiting demonyo sa picture si eche

  • bayankopdi

    Wow GRABENG CORRUPTION NO WONDER ANG YAMAN YAMAN NIYA…INUTANG NA PERA BINULSA…KAWAWANG PILIPINO…

  • bayankopdi

    SA HITSURA PA LANG ….GHOST PROJECTS MGA GINAWA NIYA …HOW CAN ONE DO SUCH A THING….SUPER MAGNANAKAW AT SUPER CORRUPT DAPAT MALIBING NG BUHAY ..

  • Love God

    He will be pardoned if got re-elected per our Aguinaldo Doctrine Law.

    Abolish this Law if you really mean business in fighting corruption.

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