President Rodrigo Duterte is threatening to file a case against Senator Richard Gordon over the latter’s alleged failure to return around P86 million in government funds.
In his pre-recorded public address aired on Wednesday night, Duterte said the Commission on Audit (COA), during the time Gordon headed the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), incurred a a notice of disallowance for P140 million and allegedly did not return P86 million. Gordon served as SBMA chairman from 1992 to 1998.
“So I would like to inquire from the Ombudsman if there is a case filed against you because the whole amount was disallowed, and the money was not returned. The money was not used in the right way. It reduces into something like a personal liability,” he said.
“So kindly settle or I will personally see to it that a case is filed against you,” Duterte said.
He also accused Gordon of diverting part of his Priority Development Assistance Fund, or the pork barrel of lawmakers, to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
Duterte also questioned Gordon’s serving as a senator and heading the PRC.
“You are a dual personality that is banned or prohibited by law,” he said.Gordon is currently spearheading a Senate probe into the alleged questionable deal between the government and an undercapitalised firm Pharmally Corporation.