Duterte eyes establishment of procurement body to oversee government purchases

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President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing the establishment of an office that will be tasked to oversee all purchases made by government agencies starting next year.

In a press briefing in Tuguegarao City Sunday, Duterte said the procurement body will be named "Office of Checks and Balance" and will operate as part of the government's fight against corruption in the public sector.

"Lahat ng purchases ng gobyerno.. para malaman ko kung may nabayad, dumating ba o hindi, para wala nang ghost deliveries, wala nang imbento ng sari-sari, wala na lahat. There has to be a system. The sanity of corruption must stop kasi maski anong klaseng gobyerno meron talaga yan, maniwala kayo, maski nung mayor ako may nakakalusot," Duterte said.

"If I can just assemble about five simple men who are adept in accounting and auditing is very important. I'm just awaiting for the retirement of people from the.. it's not because of anything.. anyway I'm ready to assume any responsibility," he added.

Duterte slammed the lowest bid requirement of the Commission on Audit, saying it has caused agencies to produce "terribly inferior" projects.

"What ails the country actually is the lowest bid. The lowest bid has brought depredation and all, it is really a purgatory that somehow the government must correct. That's why I do not follow COA. Don't give me that sh*t," the President said.

The commission's job, Duterte said, will be similar to his father's role under the cabinet of late strong man and former President Ferdinand Marcos.

"My father during Marcos was [part of] the first batch of cabinet members, my father was given the general services bureau of printing, bureau of supply, eh si Marcos mautak yun, talagang sayang. Sabi nya sa tatay ko matrabaho ito, but get something like.. may international pricing lahat yan eh, so magka-canvas ka lang every then pag-canvas mo, every purchase will pass that office," he said.