The Commission Audit (COA) conducted 11 audits from 2008 to 2014 that found that there was no overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 (a carpark), according to Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp.
“These COA reports, including one conducted by the agency’s own technical experts, are now being ignored in favor of a fast-tracked supposed special audit report that is tainted by political motives,” Tobias Tiangco, president of the Binay-led United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said on Friday.
“Basta Binay, paspas ang COA pero hanggang ngayon, wala pa rin ang pinangako nilang COA report sa paggamit ng PDAF ng administrasyong Aquino simula 2010. Halos anim na taon na yan pero ni anino ng report wala tayong nakikita sa COA [When it comes to Binay, COA is fast but until now, the there is no COA report on the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund of the Aquino administration since 2010 that they promised. It has been almost six years but we do not see even a mere shadow of that report],” he noted.
According to UNA, Makati City resident auditor Cecilia Caga-anan said in the February 2014 technical audit report that the construction of the edifice was reasonably priced.
“Based on the result of the Contract Reviews conducted by COA-TAS [Technical Audit Specialist] as presented beforehand, the contract cost of Makati City [Hall] Building  was considered reasonable based on COA Resolution No. 91-52 dated September 17, 1991,” it quoted the report.
Citing Caga-anan, UNA said COA’s technical audit specialists found the contract price of the building “reasonable” in the five phases of construction.
Tiangco had warned COA that it can be held liable for allegedly violating its resolution and its own rules for supposedly releasing an incomplete audit report on the Makati City Hall Building 2.
He was referring to a 2015 COA resolution, which stated that it was necessary for the state auditing body to uphold political neutrality by implementing measures meant to prevent circumstances that may impair its independence, neutrality and professionalism.
“This project has passed 11 regular audits. It is very clear that [that]special audit team was created for the ‘special’ purpose of being used as demolition team against VP [Vice President] Binay,” Tiangco said.
He added that his request was not intended to hamper COA’s exercise of its mandate, “but to ensure the political neutrality of the commission during the election period.”
Meanwhile, Binay also on Friday slammed the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly being part of a supposed demolition job against him.
He said the process at COA was not finished yet and that the report was just the panel’s report.
“There is still a procedure awaited there, a motion for reconsideration to the commission. So it’s not a finished product. The Ombudsman is really part of the conspiracy of demolition, they jumped the gun again… because the debate is near,” Binay added, referring to the presidential debate on March 20.