The side of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay who’s running for President of the Philippines under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party charged its competing aspirant former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for the alleged improper use of the anomalous P45.8 million Special Education Fund as the Mayor allegedly committed technical malversation of money.
The questionable concern brought up by Vice President Binay’s camp was according to the Commission on Audit (COA) Report as exposed by UNA representative Mon Ilagan. Quoting the audit record, the Binay camp said COA found out that “various expenses charged to the Special Education Fund totaling ?45,819,774.85 were inconsistent with the provisions of (Republic Act) No. 5447” or the SEF Act.
Under the law, the SEF may possibly be utilized “exclusively” for the following: extension classes for children entering Grade 1, enhancement of elementary school facilities, printing or purchase of textbooks and also teaching materials, payment of salaries of public school teachers, purchase or repair of vocational and laboratory machinery and equipment, educational research, scholarship grants, and the promotion of physical education.
Based on UNA allegations, the City Hall of Davao City under Mayor Rodrigo Duterte spent the money on not authorized expenditures for example plane fares of coaches and students, gasoline for several vehicles, insurance premiums for vehicles, accident insurance for coaches as well as students, grocery items, medical supplies, and payment for electricity, water, and telephone bills, and medical supplies, based on the COA in auditing the city’s disbursement vouchers.
The UNA representative who is a former journalist Mon Ilagan also pointed out that if Mayor Rody Duterte was really tough on crime as well as in corruption as he advertise himself, how come there have been flaws under his supervision?
Mon Ilagan furthermore added that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is of technical malversation, or the criminal act of misappropriating the money to other uses it wasn’t meant for.