If he wins VP in 2022, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte volunteers to audit COA, other gov’t agencies

LionhearTVAugust 29, 2021

On Friday, August 27, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that he would ‘audit’ the Commission on Audit (COA) and government agencies when he becomes Vice President, but netizens and personalities lambasted him.

Duterte, in his pre-recorded public address on Thursday, August 26, said he would personally probe COA’s spending if he wins as the second-highest post in the coming elections.

“Somebody should do it. I will do that if I become vice president. Ako na lang din ang mag-audit sa lahat ng gobyerno. Lahat, pati yung akin. Magsimula ako sa akin,” he declared.

Over twitter, Duterte got ridiculed by personalities and netizens.

A twitter personality sarcastically would like the President to ‘audit’ the promises he made during his Presidential run in 2016.

Jaecee Lim, another social media personality, castigated Duterte for trying to steal COA’s duty.

Lim was astounded by the audacity of the President who still won’t release his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

Journalist Michael Fajatin also shared the same sentiment when Duterte offered himself to be an auditor if ever he wins the VP position.

Another journalist, Raissa Robles, pointed that Duterte is once again making promises, even if he has no power to become an auditor.

Also, columnist Noemi Dado does not believe that Duterte is trustworthy, let alone the degree to become a state auditor.

TV personality Kiko Rustia also felt the same way, noting how Duterte defends his minions and allies whenever they are accused of corruption.

Former PTV-4 host Jules Guiang ridiculed Duterte by tweeting, “Audit mo sa sarili mo is like post mo like mo.”

Paeng Lopez, a campaigner at non-profit Health Care Without Harm, even described Duterte’s words to be a “con” and a “scam.”

Meanwhile, Senator Nancy Binay said Friday that the VP has no auditing powers as it is not part of a Vice President’s power and function.

“Coming from my experience as the daughter of a former vice president, I don’t think function ng vice president [ang mag-audit.] Hindi kasama sa powers and function ng vice president ang mag-audit,” explained the Senator.

Furthermore, Binay pointed that the auditing power was “given specifically to COA.

“I don’t think he can do that,” Binay said.

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