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General Jose Calida apparently is not earning enough from his sideline
security agency business, he had to collect 800 percent more than what
he was supposed earn from his honoraria or allowances from clients.
In the latest annual audit report of the Office of the Solicitor
General (OSG) releases Thursday, the Commission on Audit reported that
Calida received P7.462 million in illegal allowances in 2017, his first
fill year in office.
This is nine times more that what he was supposed to receive at
P913,950.00 or equal to 50 percent of his annual salary as prescribed by
COA said Calida accounted for 70 percent of the combined P10.8 million in excess allowances received by 14 other OSG lawyers.
COA said these allowances were directly remitted to OSG lawyers but not reported to its Financial Management Service.
COA also notes that Calida and OSG lawyers dis not pay the right witholding taxes on their allowances.
“The should have not happened had the receipt of the honoraria or allowances were reported to the OSg through FMS,” COA said.
COA has recommended that Calida and the 14 other OSG lawyers refund
their illlegal allowances and deposit these to the OSG Trust Fund.
COA also ordered the OSG FMS to process claims of Calida and OSG
lawyers to only the legal amount of 50 percent of their annual salary.
COA isaued a notixe of disallowance on these illegal honoraria last January.
This is the third year that OSG has been issued notice of
disallowances on its illegal allowances. The first two issued in
February 2014 and August 2016 are currently on appeal.
State auditors have flagged the “excessive” local and foreign travel expenses of the Office of the Solicitor General.
The Commission on Audit (COA), in its 2017 annual audit report, said
that Solicitor General Jose Calida’s office should refund the “excess
claims on traveling allowance,” amounting to a total of ₱131,892.64.
The COA noted that allowable travel expenses prescribed in Executive
Order No. 28 “were not strictly followed resulting in excessive claims
for local and foreign travel allowances totaling P53,796.00 and
In addition, it noted that 31 advances and liquidations on travels “were not properly documented in violation of EO 298.”
“We noted that claims for local and foreign travels totaling to
₱53,796.00 and ₱78,096.64, respectively, were more than the allowable
travel expenses,” the COA further said in its report.
“Also, some receipts for hotels were not supported with certification
by the head of the agency that those expenses were absolutely necessary
(for) the performance of their assignments as required in the above
provisions,” the COA report added.
In its 2016 report, the COA also flagged allowances received by Calida and his predecessor, Florin Hilbay.
The state audit agency stated that Hilbay received an excess
allowance of P4.66 million in 2016—when he served as solicitor general
from January to June. Calida, who took over his position, received P1.12
Both Calida and Hilbay argued that the state lawyers are allowed to
receive allowances, as stated by the RA 9417. Hilbay argued that the COA
could not countermand a law as it is an official act of the Congress.
Solicitor General Jose Calida and 14 lawyers in his agency last year
collected P10.8 million in excess allowances in violation of Commission
on Audit (COA) regulations and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)
itself illegally paid P800 million to foreign law firms from as far
back as nine years ago, according to the state accounting agency.
In its 2017 audit report, the COA said Calida received a total excess
in allowances of P7.5 million in 2017. Two Assistant Solicitors General
who received the next largest amounts were Renan Ramos, who exceeded
his allowances by more than P837,000 and Henry Angeles, who got an
excess of more than P697,000, the COA said.
State auditors said the practice was irregular because OSG officials
collected allowances whose amounts exceeded 50-percent of their salary,
the regulatory cap set by the COA.
Calida on Friday said the questions raised by the COA over the excess
allowances the Solicitor General and other OSG lawyers collected was
“It has been on-going for the past five years since the time of
Solicitor General Florin Hilbay,” Calida said in a statement. “The OSG
has consistently acted within the confines set by law. The honoraria and
allowances were paid in accordance with law.”
The COA report, made public on Thursday, said the hiring of foreign
law firms by the OSG was illegal because it did not have the concurrence
of the state auditing agency.
“The engagement of private lawyers and law firms for legal services
and professional fees was unauthorized due to the absence of prior
acquiescence of the OSG and written concurrence of the COA,” it said.
The contracts also were not submitted within the required five
working days “from execution” while the selection and termination of the
private lawyers and law firms were not clearly recorded and transmitted
to the COA, it said.
Other COA findings in the 2017 OSG audit report:
Of the more than P116.2 million appearing on record to have been paid
to Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher (GDC) LLP, only about P101 million was
Excessive claims for expenses for local and foreign travels, amounting to P132,000 last year.
Computer networking equipment worth P20.3 million, bought in December 2016, was unused and rendered useless.
Failed implementation of the rehabilitation of the OSG building, worth P13.9 million.
Net take-home pay of seven employees fell below the minimum amount of
P4,000 because the OSG allowed payroll deduction of employees’
Foreign law firms
Data showed that the OSG paid some P417.9 million to White and Case
LLP for its legal services in the Philippine government’s arbitration
case against a Belgian company from 2012 to 2017.
The OSG also spent P200 million for the payment of services of
foreign law firms Paul Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in the dispute
concerning the Metro Rail Transit Corp. Project that started in 2009.
Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher (GDC) LLP later took over from the Paul
The OSG, then under Hilbay, spent P149 million for the legal services
of Foley Hoag LLP in the arbitration case initiated by the Philippines
in its maritime dispute with China, which was filed in January 2013 and
settled in favor of Manila in July 2016.
Failure to present contracts
In all these engagements, the OSG failed to present the contracts or
agreements with the foreign law firms, and documents showing prior
consent by the Solicitor General and government auditors, the COA said.
In their reply to auditors, OSG officials said the COA’s approval of
their engagements with the foreign law firms was not mandatory, a claim
dismissed by the COA.
“It was made clear that the intent of the (COA) circular was to curb
unauthorized and unnecessary disbursement of public funds, thus, the
nature of engagement of lawyers/law firms and the procuring agency is
immaterial,” the audit body said.
Panalo pa rin si Hilbay at Aquino. Calida's excess allowances from July to Dec 2016 totaled P1.123m, while Hilbay's excess from Jan to June 2016 reached P4.6m
Panalo pa rin si Hilbay at Aquino.
balik pera lang naman ang mangyayari diyan
Panalo pa rin si Hilbay at Aquino.