Ex-COA chief replies “ready po ako” to Duterte’s “ihulog sa hagdan” remark

  • President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark to a COA auditor: “Ihulog mo sa hagdan”
  • Former COA chief Heidi Mendoza said she’s prepared to roll down the stairs
  • She said the government can spend up to P500,000 without public bidding in times of calamities and disasters
Image capture from Heidi Mendoza’s FB photo

Former Commission on Audit (COA) chief Heidi Mendoza responded to President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent remark against the commission; saying she’s prepared to roll down the stairs.

“Now, ready po akong ihulog sa hagdan dahil dati akong Coan pero sa paliwanag ko, kayo ang humusga kung sino ang dapat pagulungin pababa hindi lamang sa hagdanan!” she posted on Facebook.

[Now, I am ready to roll down the stairs because I am a former COA worker but my explanation, it’s up to the people to decide whom to knock down, not just in the stairs.]

Her post is a response to Duterte’s pronouncement on Monday, as per ABS-CBN, after Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos claimed that COA does not allow cash advances for the purchase of building materials intended for disaster victims.

Duterte was quoted by News5 saying to a regional COA auditor, “ihulog mo sa hagdan. Iyong circular na ‘yan pakialam ko diyan. Make it a law. I don’t give a s*** on a circular,” as a response to Marcos’ report regarding COA’s various prohibitions on her local government’s spending.

The former commissioner said there is a Disaster Audit Guide which prevails in times of disaster; permitting government agencies to allocate up to P500,000 for transactions that don’t need a public bidding.

Image capture from Heidi Mendoza’s FB photo

The spending, though, needs immediate auditing to avoid problems later on.

Furthermore, she said, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and COA had an arrangement to quicken and systematically process helping those in needs.