COA to audit AFP funds

Posted at 04/27/11 4:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Newly-installed Commission on Audit Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan said the commission will soon start an in-depth investigation into the anomalous funds in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The widespread corruption there was first revealed by auditor Heidi Mendoza, who was also recently appointed as COA commissioner.

Meanwhile, COA auditors are ready to testify in the trial for the ouster of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

She said the whole commission fully supports its state auditors, some of whom will have to face the Senate in May.

She said it is the duty of the commission to fight corruption, and it is already a usual process that auditors face trial and serve as witnesses. - from a report by Nelson Lubao, dzMM