Pimentel Warns COA Of Impeachment

MANILA, Philippines --- Re-electionist Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel Jr. yesterday said that the senators and former congressman implicated in an alleged dubious pork barrel spending can pursue the impeachment of Commission on Audit officials if they are found to have violated the Constitution.

Pimentel said he also supported the call of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for the disclosure of the full COA report claiming that he, together with Senators Ramon "Bong" Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, allocated a huge part of their pork barrel share to a non-government organization which lacks qualifications in receiving funds from government.

COA said at least P195 million in priority development assistance funds went to the Pangkabuhayan Foundation Inc., which government auditors claimed to be non-existent.

Pimentel said the timing of the release of the adverse COA report could not be questioned, noting that that is the normal process of audit in the country.

However, he pointed out that the three senators should have received notices from COA calling their attention to the alleged irregular disbursement.

"Ang proseso ng COA is that they ask first the person involved to refute or justify what the audit findings say. I don't know if that was followed," he said.

Enrile, one of the leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance senatorial slate, has called on COA to disclose its audit findings and explain the parameters and scope of their review.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR Ederic Eder, Yahoo! Southeast Asia - The Inbox
    Fight vs online libel goes to the UNHCR

    Commentary By Ellen T. Tordesillas Last Tuesday, while in Baguio City for their summer session, the Supreme Court denied all the Motions for Reconsideration on Online Libel which it upheld in its Feb. 18, 2014 decision. It will be recalled … Continue reading → …

  • Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls VERA Files - The Inbox
    Book chronicles efforts for PWD-friendly polls

    By Melissa Luz Lopez, VERA Files A lot have been done but much still need to be done for a hassle-free  participation of  Persons with Disabilities in elections,according to a book published by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and supported by … Continue reading → …

  • The other side of Palawan Ellen Tordesillas, Contributor - The Inbox
    The other side of Palawan

    By Ellen T. Tordesillas Mention Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province from its capital, Puerto Princesa. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side- in … Continue reading → …

Poll Choice Options