To prevent pocketing unused funds: Duterte says he’ll order gov’t agencies to use entire budget

  • President-elect said he would order all gov’t agencies to use their budgets
  • He said order is meant to stop corrupt officials from pocketing unused funds
  • He also said discrepancies in the year-end audit means the agency is either corrupt or inutile

MANILA, Philippines – Seeking an end to corruption in the government, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will order all government agencies to use their entire budgets for their intended purpose.

In his speech during his thanksgiving party in Davao City’s Crocodile Park over the weekend, Duterte said every government agency must spend every centavo in its budget to prevent corrupt officials from pocketing the unspent funds.

“If you are a department head and I gave you P30 billion, at the end of the year, the 30 billion must be spent to the last centavo. Bigyan kita P30 billion tapos ang gastusin mo lang 25, so may P5 billion. Saan yung P5 billion? ‘Di ubusin mo, [I gave you P30 billion then you spend only P25 billion, so there is an extra P5 billion. Where did it go? You should have used it],” GMA News quoted him as saying.

According to Duterte, unused funds which appear at the year-end audit could only mean two things: corruption or inefficiency.

“At the end of the day ‘pag audit yung cash on hand niya ‘wag sumobra ng piso, walang kulang na piso. Kasi kung nagkulang ka ng piso tatanga-tanga ka. Kung nasobrahan ang pera mo ng piso tatanga-tanga ka rin,” he said.

[At the end of the day when his cash is subjected to audit, there should not be a single peso, either missing or extra. If you have a missing peso then you’ll look like a fool. If you have an extra peso, then you’ll also look like a fool.]

 That is just an example when we talk about pesos, but we talk about billions, there is corruption in it,” he added.