Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales exerted pressure on the Commission on Audit (COA) to release and transmit to the anti-graft body an incomplete special audit report on Makati City Hall Building 2.
This act proves that Carpio-Morales displayed blatant partiality in handling complaints involving Vice President Jejomar Binay and members of his family, said Toby Tiangco, president of the opposition Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Binay, standard bearer of the UNA in the May presidential race, earlier said the ruling Liberal Party (LP) has launched a massive smear campaign against him to derail his presidential bid. The LP of President Benigno Aquino is fielding Mar Roxas.
Tiangco, citing insiders in the COA, said Carpio-Morales, prior to the premature release of the incomplete audit report, personally called up a ranking COA official demanding that the audit report should be released immediately.
“We have been informed that the Ombudsman has been personally calling up COA officials telling them to transmit to her office its special audit report on Makati Building 2 even if the report does not include the replies or comments of City Hall officials,” Tiangco said in a statement.
“In so doing, the Ombudsman wants COA to effectively discard the findings of 11 audits, including one conducted by technical specialists, which concluded there was no overpricing and that the said project complied with COA regulations,” he added.
Tiangco said the COA violated its own policy that no special audits should be done against candidates running for the May elections.
Tiangco said the incomplete COA report would be used to file plunder charges against the Vice President after his term and son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.