President Rodrigo Du30 threatened to make COA members fall down the stairs on an interagency briefing of Typhoon Ompong. He made this joke after he learned from Governor Imee Marcos about COA not allowing cash advances for emergencies. This was supposed to be for the budget on purchasing building materials for the victims of the disaster.
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[VIDEO]: Look:Imee Marcos humingi na ng dasal.
The President’s Humor is Again Not Taken Lightly
President Du30 came hard on the Commission on Audit for their restriction on government spending for the disaster. He is going as far as to say that COA employees should be pushed down the stairs.
The Governor can only Agree
With the COA only allowing cash advances for food up to Php 15,000, Imee Marcos gets exasperated. Du30 also criticizes the COA with their circulars that he could care less about.
The Budget is Needed for Emergency
COA defends that not all can be cash advanced, and also this occurring over the weekend makes things too difficult. However, Du30 criticizes the circulars further. He sees the circulars as cockeyed, with some people from the government getting to jail because of it while others get away scot-free also because of it. It seems it all depends on how they swing the legal arguments.
Cash Advance Restriction is Not a Law
With Ompong smashing through northern Luzon, which people describe as the strongest storm to hit the country for the year, the president comments on the uselessness of the circulars. He says that unless they are made into law the circulars are useless.
Typhoon Ompong Damages in Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte suffers a big loss after the Typhoon. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council assesses the damage at around Php 2.3 billion. With agriculture damages amounting to Php 1.9 billion and damages in infrastructure amounting to Php 440 million. The COA may deserve some respect because they are just doing their job. However, they should put their attitude on a check when dealing with emergency disasters. They too must be prepared when cash is needed badly for the victims’ relief efforts.