Bayanihan Act funds’ audit sought over ‘failure’ to meet relief targets

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MANILA, Philippines—Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday said that the government has failed to meet its health and economic relief targets to fight the COVID-19 pandemic despite the passage of the Bayanihan Act or Republic Act No. 11469.
With the government receiving truckloads of money from both foreign aid and local taxpayers’ money, Hontiveros sought an audit to look into how the funds are being used.
It was through the Bayanihan Act that the Philippine Congress granted emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte and realigned P275 billion pesos that would be used in COVID-19 relief.
“Dahil sa Bayanihan Act ay isinuko ng Kongreso ang kanyang ‘power of the purse.’ Kaya kailanga…

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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