COA questions DOJ over victims' compensation

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 07 2012 04:13 PM | Updated as of Dec 08 2012 12:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The disbursement of a portion of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) multi-million peso Victims Compensation Fund is being questioned by the Commission on Audit (CoA) in its 2011 audit report.

The reports states that P5,503,766.63 of the over P73 million fund "are not related to the purpose for which it was established."

The VCF provides monetary compensation to individuals who fall victim to unjust imprisonment or detention; it also compensates victims of heinous crimes. The compensation is processed by the Board of Claims (BOC), an attached agency of the department.

According to the CoA, P2.6 million of the funds was allocated for honoraria of officers involved in the implementation of the program; P1.86 million was allocated for the salaries of BOC contractual employees; P813,311.64 was for the purchase of office supplies; P65,273.28 was allocated for the purchase of a single computer; and P88,872 fell under miscellaneous expenses.

"The fund is being utilized for salaries of BOC contractual employees, honoraria of those involved in the implementation of Victims Compensation Program, supplies, miscellaneous expenses and etc and not for the purpose of the program, which is for the compensation of the victims of violent crimes," the CoA report read.

The DOJ has yet to issue a comment on the report.