MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has new dogs, not the domesticated ones but military dogs trained to secure him, according to the latest audit report by the Commission on Audit.
The COA said in its 2017 audit report that the Presidential Security Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has “fully implemented” the recommendations made by government auditors in 2016.
The recommendation made in the 2016 audit report is for the acquisition of military dogs for the protection of the President and other “Very Very Important Persons” or VVIPs.
In the 2017 report, the COA said the PSG has fully implemented the observations and recommendations made by government auditors in 2016, which include the procurement of 11 military working dogs in the 2018 capital outlay.
The COA had said that the dogs are “essential for bomb detection operations during presidential engagements” and that the OG4 should facilitate the immediate action on the request made by Special Reaction unit.
The procurement of 7 additional military working dogs are also “fully implemented” which are necessary in the “protective security and operation for the President and other VVIPs.”
The COA also noted the adoption of three retired military dogs by their former handlers “for economic purposes of the unit.”
The audit report also said the PSG currently has 23 "effective" dogs and 6 "ineffective" military dogs, aside from the new dogs it acquired.
The audit reports on the President’s safety came before the rant of Duterte on government auditors after Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos complained of having difficulties in making cash advances in times of emergencies such as the onslaught of typhoon Ompong.
Duterte lambasted government auditors and candidly told Marcos to push auditors who may be present off the stairs.
The President also criticized COA circulars as “stupid” and told local excutives to defy them.
Asked for a comment on the statements of the President, the public information office of the COA refused to issue an official statement from Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo.
The 2017 audit report on the PSG can be found on the website of COA.