MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In his Talk to the People address this week, President Rodrigo Duterte chided the Commission on Audit (COA) for “flogging” instead of “flagging” his Department of Health in an audit report released recently
Well, it looks like the Office of the Vice President (OVP) has also been flogged by COA .
Despite proud statements from OVP that it has received the “highest” audit ratings by COA for three years in a row now, documents show that OVP was far from flawless. For the same three years, COA has noted deficiencies and inefficiencies in he way OVP manages its finances and projects. (Actually, COA did not give a “highest rating” to OVP. Rather, an “unqualified opinion” which does not really mean everything was pitch perfect.)
Moral of the story: Do not put words in COA’s mouth.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a bill that would award Rappler CEO Maria Ressa P10 Million for the honor she has brought to the country by being previously named one of TIME magazine’s “Persons of the Year.”
Citing the law that grants a P10 Million reward to Filipinos who win an Olympic gold medal, Hontiveros said the honor that Ressa has brought to the country is as valuable as a gold medal. She was referring to Republic Act 10699, also known as the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.
The Senator also urged the private sector to contribute to the financial reward to Ressa, just like they did for Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz.
Ressa, in a text message to The Adobo Chronicles welcomed the move by Hontiveros, saying the money would help her foot the legals bills she is facing as a result of her Cyber Libel conviction and other pending criminal charges against her.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – For standing between two of the most powerful feuding nations of the world, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
The announcement came in Stockholm just hours after Duterte announced that he was withdrawing his earlier decision to end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States in his country. The VFA allows American military forces to come and go and use Philippine facilities for bilateral training or military exercises.
Duterte has also maintained cordial relations with China, despite the ongoing territorial dispute over areas of the West Philippine Sea and his country’s victory in a United Nation’s arbitration court.
“By standing between the U.S. and China, Duterte has diffused the conflict between the two powerful countries and has practically averted the possibility of war,” a Nobel Prize statement said.. “We commend Duterte’s peace efforts which we hope will be recognized by the Nobel Peace Price committee,” it added.