By Leslie Ann Aquino
The report that the Commission on Elections still has more than P1.6 billion unliquidated cash advances is no longer accurate, according to a poll official.
“Our Finance Department reported today that [the] amount is no longer accurate. That there have been liquidations already after that report was done by the Commission on Audit,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said in an interview.
In a separate interview, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said according to their Finance Director their unliquidated cash advances is actually P131 million.
“I don’t know why they reported an older figure when as of July 31 the unliquidated cash advance is 131 million,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of bank reconciliation, usually pag nagrereconcile kasi we’re talking ofP40M, P50m malalaking bulto ng transactions,” added Jimenez.
Guanzon assured that all the liquidations will be settled in due time.
“The other liquidations that are remaining are yung mga the usual travel cash advances of commissioners, directors…but these will be settled in due time. It’s not really malversation issues,” she said.
“Kasi when you travel you have to liquidate your cash advance by submitting documents like your boarding pass. Sometimes some people lose their boarding passes so it takes time to reconstruct,” added Guanzon.
“But as far as the Office for Overseas Voting is concerned, all the unspent cash were returned to our Finance Director or cashier. There is no cash that is being held by any officer under the OFOV…these are just lack of travel documents,” she said.