FOR the Philippine Olympic Committee, the decision by the Commission on Audit to withhold the funds of national sports associations (NSAs) with unliquidated accounts is “pure harassment.”
POC president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco lambasted COA, which released a circular to the Philippine Sports Commission to stop issuing government funding to NSAs that have not completed their liquidation reports.
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“Pinapalabas nila na kapag unliquidated, nag-dispalko ka, kumupit ka which is not the case. Karamihan dito sa unliquidated, technical in nature." POC president Peping Cojuangco
Cojuangco accused the PSC’s resident COA auditor Chito Janaban of harassing the NSAs.
“This is pure harassment by the person assigned by the COA because it hasn’t happened before,” Cojuangco told DZSR Sports Radio in the POC’s weekly radio program.
“Pinapalabas nila na kapag unliquidated, nag-dispalko ka, kumupit ka which is not the case. Karamihan dito sa unliquidated, technical in nature,” said Cojuangco.
The POC chief also rued the timing of the COA’s circular as it came with the Filipino athletes preparing for the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea set September 19 to October 4, the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China from August 16 to 28, and the Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand set November 14 to 21.
“We have three big sporting events that we are participating in. We don’t know kung ano na ang mangyayari,” said Cojuangco.