COA flags dirty money watchdog's iPhone purchase

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2018 04:35 PM

MANILA - The Commission on Audit (COA) flagged the Anti-Money Laundering Council for buying Apple iPhones for its investigators instead of cheaper units as approved by the budget department.

The dirty money watchdog procured 16 iPhone 7 units at P37,388.88 on Dec. 29, 2017 when it was authorized to by 24 phones at P25,000 each.

The switch to the pricier phone deprived other potential device users, COA said in a report.

Citing the Government Procurement Act, the COA said “no procurement shall be undertaken unless it is in accordance with the approved Approved Procurement Plan, including approved changes thereto.”

The AMLC justified the purchase, citing “security, number of personnel and obsolescence.”

Apple's iOS software is more secure compared to Android that runs on cheaper phones, the AMLC said.