SENATORS who slammed former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile for his supposed uneven distribution of addition maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) funds were among those who have not complied with the new Commission on Audit (COA) regulation regarding fund liquidation.
Outgoing Senator Panfilo Lacson said Sunday that he was the only one among the 23 incumbent senators of the 15th Congress who submitted the liquidation papers to COA.
The state auditor in January issued a policy that effectively stops the practice of liquidation by certification for expenditures.
The policy superseded Concurrent Resolution No. 10 allowing Congress to liquidate Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) by mere certification.
Lacson said the new policy covers the expenses of all members of Congress from December 2012 up to the present, meaning all legislators are required to submit the necessary liquidation documents like receipts and other papers that support the expenses of their offices.
Liquidation by certification is still allowable if the amount does involved is not more than P500,000.
In his recent discussion with COA, Lacson learned that he is the only senator who was able to comply with the COA liquidation requirement and the state auditor is still waiting for others to comply with policy.
“Those who recently questioned Enrile regarding use of Senate funds were among those who are yet to comply with the COA policy and agency is still waiting for them to submit the required documents,” Lacson said in a radio interview.
He however refused to name the senators but hinted that they have been staunch critics of Enrile.
One of them even called for an independent audit which was rejected by COA, Lacson said.
Enrile resigned irrevocably as Senate president on June 5 after serving for four and a half years.
In his resignation speech, he emphasized that he does not intend to use his position to “influence or impede in” any COA audit of the senators’ budgets and expenditures.