Issue of COA report is old—Echiverri

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

MANILA, Philippines—Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri on Thursday denied accusations that he had entered into contracts without authority from the city council as alleged by the Commission on Audit (COA) in its 2011 report.

Echiverri told the Inquirer that all approved city developmental projects were authorized by city council ordinances and resolutions in accordance with the Local Government Code.

He said the 2011 COA audit report was an “old report” and that the concerns raised there had been fully addressed by the city and rendered “moot and academic” by subsequent developments.

“My political opponents are running out of issues to throw at me that they are now using old and dated sources that will not stand under careful scrutiny and investigation,” he said.

Echiverri also said the headline of the Inquirer story, which carried the audit report about the projects being illegal, was misleading.

The mayor said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) would not have awarded the Caloocan City government a Seal of Good Housekeeping two years in a row—2011 and 2012—if it had adverse findings or reports from the COA.

“The late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo would have disqualified Caloocan from receiving the award since a clean report from COA is one of the criteria set by the DILG,” he said.

According to the mayor, the P89.911 million under question, which was used for local development projects under the 2011 annual appropriations, was approved by the city council under City Ordinance No. 0468.

“The specific details of the projects were discussed during the budget deliberations,” he said. “The minutes of the deliberations of the city council will attest to the fact that the specific projects were presented and evaluated by the council before approval.”

In fact, the city council passed a subsequent resolution, Resolution No. 1985, which clarified, confirmed and ratified all contracts entered into by the city of Caloocan, he said.

“The minutes of the city council budget deliberations and the subsequent resolution of the city council reiterating its approval of the specific projects and programs have placed this matter to rest. The media is just being played here and being herded into a wild goose chase,” Echiverri said.

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  • bayankopdi

    So what if it is old? The point is IT IS TRUE. The COA will not just invent things, they are just doing their job.

  • YoungGen

    Return the money or go to jail, Mr Calocohan Mayor

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      sorry kakampi ni Echiveri ang Team Malaysia at Abnoy Team di yan matatanggal sa pwesto

  • YoungGen

    Nice job COA ! Madami pa dyan. Kaya nga gustong-gusto tumakbo ng mga yan dahil obvious na obvious naman . . . magnakaw lang ng pera sa bayan. Tingnan mo ang pics na ito, bakas pa ang excitement. Hala Bira! COA !

  • Bryan Kevin Tung

    So matagal ka na palang corrupt? Ganon ba? Mabuhay kayo inquirer! Mukhang corrupt sa recom sa pin nyo! Haha!

  • Glemm Ambee

    Parang ung palabas sa GMA na Bayan Ko. Sakto kay Mr. Pringles!

  • jpastor

    The reporter/COA should treat echiverri is not stupid because even if the projects are approved it doesn’t mean echiverri is clean. Politukus knows what they are doing. They have amazingly crooked and criminal minds align with satan. These people corrupted with greed and power are the ones who govern the country. Pity.

  • jpastor

    Echiverri picture looks like he saw bundles of money in front of him that is why his evil eyes pop-up… :lol

  • XY ZEE

    Sabagay, may tama siya.
    Matagal nang alam ng tao na corrupt si Recom.

  • generalproblem

    kakatuwa tong mukha ni mayor parang payaso na nakakatakot. mababsa mo sa ngiti nya na sorry na lang kayo naitae ko na yung pera

  • JasonBieber

    This guy must be a PNoy ally or a PNoy KKK coz he’s not being removed from office and or jailed. You can see how PNoy’s selective justice system works, where opposition Cebu Gov. was forced out of office and this Echiverri is not.

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