Beng explains how intel funds are used PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:16

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday explained to the media how the intelligence or confidential funds of her office are being used, stressing the bulk of those funds goes to peacekeeping and security purposes.

Mayor Climaco was responding to questions fielded by the media related to Pres. Duterte’s earlier statement that he would look closely at how local government units, particularly the mayors and governors, are spending their respective confidential funds.

Climaco said part of the funds goes to certain operations that will ensure the safety of Zamboanga City as well as the intelligence fusion among law enforcers here and neighboring provinces.

“This is necessary so that we have enough cooperation between the police and military to prevent untoward incidents,” the city chief executive told the press briefing early this week.

She cited the strong and successful intelligence sharing with Basilan and Sulu operatives that resulted in the confiscation of explosives and arrest of the suspects.

Without going into details, however, the mayor assured that the confidential funds of her office are spent properly, subject to the rules and procedures of the Commission on Audit.

“The COA is very strict in the utilization of intelligence funds, and it was only last year that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) gave the highlights on the use of these funds, subject to clearance by COA,” she said.

According to her, COA requires the submission of reports and supporting documents on these funds, and “if the documents do not meet the requirements, they are returned for compliance of the required documents to satisfy that the funds are properly utilized in a confidential manner.”— Vic Larato