March 3-9,2011

COA auditor Querequincia: “Pag di magkatugma, we’ll elevate it to our regional office”
By Cha Monforte

The Commision on Audit (COA) auditor for the Davao del Norte provincial government bared in an interview with the Valley & City Chronicle that the “management” of the Capitol has already replied with their explanations to the earlier COA’s audit observation memorandum relating the controversial security services contract bagged by the Christian Investigation Security Services (CISA).

“We’re still evaluating their replies,” COA auditor Susan Querequincia said.

She said that the Capitol management’s explanation letter was dated February 16, 2011 and it was received by COA on the next day.

This paper requested for a copy of the COA observation memorandum and the “management explanation” letter but Querequincia refused to give citing a reason that “any paper that would come out from our office will need the approval of our regional director.”

She said though that in the COA’s audit memo she raised various questions relating the transaction for the governor’s office to explain.

She added that in her evaluation, which she said is a “long process”, “if di magkatugma (the explanations and her evaluation findings would not jibe), we’ll elevate it to our regional office.”

She said that specifically the matter would be first referred to the legal department of the COA-XI.

The Capitol’s P6.3 million security services contract with CISA has since become a running controversy when issues came up that it was allegedly rushed by executive department officials in the remaining days of last December while Vice Gov. Suaybaguio and the SP were reportedly bypassed of their respective functions and authority to first approve a contract before it would be implemented. Suaybaguio was the sitting acting governor at that time in view of the US travel of the governor. (cha monforte)


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