People Are Commending Pag-Ibig for Its Calm Response to COA's Report

‘If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from COA.’

Earlier this week, the Commission on Audit (COA) flagged Pag-IBIG or the Home Development Mutual Fund for its purchase of 21 vehicles amounting to P34.298 million. According to the state auditor, the purchases were made without the approval of the Office of the President (OP). 

In response, Kalin Franco-Garcia, Pag-IBIG Fund vice president for public relations told CNN Philippines that it did not need the OP’s approval. It even recognized the COA as a partner for good governance. 

“The car plan is not a new benefit," Garcia told CNN. 

“It has been in place since 1983. It is also not an increase in benefits. On the contrary, it is a reduction in benefits that we implemented following COA’s recommendation in 2014. We continue to work with COA so we can reach a resolution," she added. 

"We recognize them as a partner in our drive for good governance. In fact, we must also emphasize that in the very same COA Report, COA awarded us their highest audit rating. This makes it nine straight years that Pag-IBIG Fund has received the highest rating from COA," Garcia said.

Garcia’s answer earned praise from netizens, who commended her level-headedness in addressing the COA report. 

“Proud of how Pag-IBIG Fund calmly and without drama responded to this COA finding, as it should. As Kalin Franco-Garcia correctly said, COA is Pag-IBIG’s partner in good governance. Also, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” wrote Joan De Venecia-Fabul on Facebook. 

Her post has become viral. 


Earlier this week, embattled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was seen ranting on video about how the public allegedly besmirched the DOH’s reputation. Duque was summoned to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee for a hearing on the alleged “deficiencies” in its management of its P67 billion pandemic budget. 

Winarak ninyo kami,” Duque said. (“You ruined us.”)

His outburst earned the internet’s meme treatment:

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