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P72 million People’s Park not overpriced – Audit

February 12, 2008

The Commission On Audit (COA) said that the expenses incurred in the People’s Park are correct and not over priced – not even P10.00.

“Wala akong nakitang overpricing (I did not see any overpricing),” auditor Alfredo S. Reyes, cluster director for Mindanao of COA, told Sun.Star Davao in an interview Monday.

“The main question here was whether or not there was impropriety in the construction of the park, eh wala akong nakita (I didn’t see any),” Reyes added.

“The trees were donated by the private sector, the Ayala family was one of them,” Reyes said.

“We really appreciate the gesture of Mayor Duterte when he went on leave as we were about to investigate the People’s Park, a project of his office,” Reyes said.

“We had to double check if the prices of the materials used where the same as that of the present market value, or if it was overpriced,” Reyes said.

The COA audit report is now with the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao. “We submitted it to them last week, about Thursday or Friday,” Reyes said.

The Ombudsman for Mindanao, lawyer Humphrey Monteroso, earlier said in previous interviews that they will be reviewing the audit report of COA — whether it is favorable to the city government or not.

Source and full article on Sun Star Davao

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