• Aquino appoints new audit commission chief


    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed lawyer Michael G. Aguinaldo as new chairman of the Commission on Audit (COA).

    ”We are pleased to announce that President Aquino has appointed Atty. Michael G. Aguinaldo as Chairman of the Commission on Audit,” said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in a statement on Wednesday.

    Valte said the appointment of Aguinaldo was made last Tuesday.

    Aguinaldo replaced Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan whose four-year term ended last February 2, 2015.

    Prior to his appoint, Aguinaldo was deputy executive secretary of the legal affairs of the Office of the President since May 2011.

    Aguinaldo was also a partner and member of the executive committee of the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles before he joined the government in 2011.

    Aguinaldo will join COA commissioners Jose Fabia and Heide Mendoza who was appointed officer in charge when Pulido-Tan stepped down last February 2.



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    1. A COA Commissioner should not be beholden to any politician. But Michael Aguinaldo was appointed by BS Aquino and therefore will not be able to audit Aquino’s trillion pesos presidential pork barrel – if he does at all, in a impartial manner. Filipinos have this unwritten rule of “utang na loob”. Aguinaldo will not bite the hand that appointed him as COA Commissioner.

      If we want a Chief Auditor who is not beholden to any politician, then he should be elected instead of appointed.