Malacañang is open to a special audit of the expenses, loans and donations related to the government’s COVID-19 pandemic response, saying all funds were spent for programs designed to contain the coronavirus disease.
Seven senators have filed Resolution No. 479 seeking a special audit of all state spending under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, a law that provided President Duterte emergency powers to fight the pandemic.
The resolution, signed by Senators Risa Hontiveros, Ralph Recto, Sonny Angara, Panfilo Lacson, Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan and Leila de Lima, cited purchases “marred by allegations of overpricing,” including the procurement of automated nucleic acid extractors, personal protective equipment sets and the importation of RT-PCR test kits from China and South Korea.
The senators also asked the Commission on Audit to present its findings before the start of the 2021 budget deliberations.