• COA disallows P47-M deals under Cunanan’s name

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    The Commission on Audit (COA) has disallowed P47.4-million worth of transactions under the name of P10 billion pork barrel scam witness Dennis Cunanan from 2012 to 2013 in his capacity as director general of the Technology and Resource Center (TRC).

    In its 2012 Annual Audit report on the TRC, a government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC), COA reported that it issued five notices of disallowance to Cunanan for P47.4 million from October 2012 to May 2013 with three of the five still under appeal.

    The first notice of disallowance issued to Cunanan for P14.7 million was dated October 23, 2012. COA has denied TRC’s first appeal but the said GOCC is gearing for another appeal before the commission proper.

    The next notice of disallowance for P4.5 million came just a month later in November 12, 2012. The TRC’s appeal dated February 20, 2013 is still pending.

    On the same day, Cunanan received another notice of disallowance for P6.8 million. This is also under appeal dated February 20, 2013.

    Just three days after the May 2013 polls, Cunanan again received two notices of disallowance – one amounting to P16.1 million and the other valued at P5.3 million. The
    TRC is yet to appeal on COA’s disallowance of these amounts.

    Proceeds of the five amounts disallowed by COA were not mentioned in its report.

    The COA report, however, revealed that P18.055 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel released to non-government organizations (NGOs) from 2008 to 2010 with TRC as the implementing agency remain unliquidated as of December 2012.

    The failure of NGOs to liquidate the said amounts to the TRC for two years is a violation of COA Circular 2007-001which states that NGOs must submit the final Fund Utilization Report within 60 days.

    The same circular said that the said report must be certified by an accountant and approved by the president or chair of the government organization (GO) together with an inspection report and certificate of project completion rendered or issued by the GO authorized representative, and a list of beneficiaries with their acceptance of the project, funds, goods and services.

    The above-mentioned documents, verified by a GO internal auditor, will serve as the basis in recording the fund utilization in books of accounts to support the liquidation.

    Cunanan hopes to be a state witness in plunder charges filed by the government against those who allegedly got kickbacks from the P10-billion PDAF mess that siphoned off state coffers to bogus entities owned by Janet Lim-Napoles.

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