metromanila.politics.com.ph

Defensor offers to resign if COA report questioning QC pandemic procurements is ‘fake news’

0 198

Billy Begas

Quezon City mayoral candidate Mike Defensor will resign as a member of the House of Representatives if the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) questioning the validity of Quezon City government’s pandemic food pack procurement is “fake news” as the city government claims.

“If Mayor Joy Belmonte can prove that it is fake news, then I am willing to resign as a member of Congress. If she cannot, then she should resign,” said Defensor, a representative of Anakalusugan party-list.

Defensor earlier issued a statement regarding the findings of COA on the city government’s purchase of P479 million worth of food items given to residents affected by the pandemic.

He urged Quezon City residents to visit the website of COA where the report is posted (https://coa.gov.ph/index.php/local-government-units/2020/category/9226-cities)

Defensor quoted the report: “Payments for relief goods totaling P479.120 million sourced from Bayanihan grant to cities and municipalities were not supported with complete documentation contrary to Section 4 (6) of Presidential Decree No. 1445, and Item No. 3.6 of Government Procurement Policy Board Circular No. 01-2020 dated April 6, 2020.”

“Likewise, the posting and reporting requirements under Item Nos. 4.1 and 4.4 of Local Budget Circular No. 125 dated April 7, 2020, were not complied with. Thus, the validity and regularity of the transactions cannot be ascertained,” the COA report stated.

The city government claimed that it has already submitted the other required documents to COA.

The report showed that of the P479 million, the city government spent P385 million on food packs, P84.7 million on rice and plastic bags, and P9.4 million on noodles.

Defensor earlier said that the city government has brought the pandemic food pack at higher prices compared to the prices in the local grocery store.