Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte “joked” on Sunday about throwing a government auditor down the stairs to prevent him from doing his job. During a meeting with the governor of Ilocos Norte, Imee Marcos, to coordinate their response to the devastation left behind by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, Marcos complained to Duterte that auditors from the Commission on Audit (COA) were placing caps on local government’s spending, hurting rescue and recovery efforts.“Who’s from COA? Push him down the stairs so he won’t be able to file a report anymore,” Duterte responded. Duterte’s remark was reportedly met with enthusiasm by Marcos, who clapped her hands and said: “Yes, yes!” She went on to complain that she can only file cash advances up to P15,000 ($277) for food, even amid a major natural disaster. “We’re only allowed to request cash advances for food up to P15,000, even when there’s a calamity,” she said. “We can’t use it for roofing. We can’t request cash advances for everything else and this occurred over the weekend, which made things even more difficult, sir.” “Don’t believe in COA’s circulars,” Duterte responded. “You know, they just do it by circular and they expect everybody to obey. Why would I care about your… Read full this story
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