COA lifts notice of disallowance vs. Las Piñas intel expenses

The Commission on Audit has lifted the notice of disallowance issued against the cash advances drawn by the Las Piñas City government for confidential and intelligence expenses worth P20 million in 2011 and P20 million in 2012.

COA chairman Michael Aguinaldo and commissioners Jose Fabia and Roland Pondoc granted the motion for reconsideration filed by former Mayor Vergel Aguilar, budget officer Jessie dela Cruz, accountant Nilda Armanda and treasurer Rizal del Rosario.

The disallowance issued on Dec. 11, 2013 challenged the lack of a specific allocation for the city’s peace and order program in the annual appropriation program.

The officials, however, argued the Department of the Interior and Local Government, through Memorandum Circular No. 99-65, had not required that there should be a specific allocation for the program before fund for confidential/intelligence purposes could be appropriated.

They cited the city government had already submitted all the required documents for the liquidation of its confidential and intelligence expenses to COA’s Intelligence and Confidential Fund Audit Unit on May 2011 for the 2011 spending and on Nov. 7, 2012 for the 2012 expenditures.

“After evaluation, this Commission finds the arguments of the movants meritorious,” the decision read.

Topics: Commission on Audit , Las Piñas City , cash advances
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