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Newsbreak Chats: Maling paggasta, sayang na pera sa gitna ng pandemya

Newsbreak Chats: Maling paggasta, sayang na pera sa gitna ng pandemya
On Thursday, August 26, the Newsbreak team will discuss the mishandling of pandemic response funds, as flagged by the Commission on Audit. What do the findings teach taxpayers about watching public spending? How can citizens ensure that those responsible for the unused and misused funds are held accountable?

The coronavirus pandemic has so far highlighted a lot of issues, including the Duterte administration’s very problematic response to the health crisis.

The recently-published findings of the Commission on Audit further emphasized the government’s mishandling of the crisis, with several agencies being flagged for their misspending billions of pesos in public funds meant to protect people from the effects of the pandemic in 2020.

On Thursday, August 26, Newsbreak, the investigative arm of Rappler, will discuss the COA findings and how instructive these are to Filipinos who want to watch how their taxes are spent by the government. How do we ensure that those responsible for the unused and misused funds will be held accountable? How should the findings guide us in setting funding priorities in the remaining months of 2021, and scrutinizing the proposed 2022 budget? (READ: Often-ignored COA fuels pandemic outrage vs Duterte gov’t)

Joining investigative editor Miriam Grace A. Go will be reporters Lian Buan, who covers the anti-corruption agencies; Aika Rey, who specializes in budget reporting; and Ralf Rivas, who reports on public finance. – Rappler.com

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