Malacañang said it will present on Monday the details of how the government spent the funds intended for the COVID-19 response efforts.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after several senators urged the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special review of all government COVID-19 spending under the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act.
In his Thursday presser, Roque said it will present in detail how the government spent the funds, stressing that Malacañang is not hiding anything.
“Magkakaroon po tayo ng PowerPoint presentation on Monday kung magkano po ang natanggap ng gobyerno at kung paano po nagastos ‘yan (We will have a PowerPoint presentation on Monday on how much did the government receive and how we spent it),” he said.
“Wala pong tinatago ang Presidente at ang Malacañang. Lahat po ng gastos, lahat po ng pera na ginastos para as COVID-19 napunta po ‘yan para sa COVID-19 response ng gobyerno (The Palace is not hiding anything. All money allotted for COVID-19 was spent for the government’s response to the pandemic),” he added.
Despite this, Roque said the Palace welcomes the special review of the COA.
“Dahil wala naman kaming tinatago (Because we’re not hiding anything), we welcome the special audit,” he said.
“Talaga namang io-audit ‘yan ng COA dahil ang COA po ay post-audit ang kanilang ginagawa (COA will audit that anyway because that’s their job),” he added.
Senators Risa Hontiveros, Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon, Juan Edgardo Angara, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, and Leila de Lima urged COA through Senate Resolution No. 479 to present its findings before Congress starts its deliberations on the proposed 2021 national budget.
The Bayanihan Act, which expired in June, allowed the government to swiftly procure the necessary commodities, facilities, utilities, and services for the COVID-19 response without going through the required bidding process.