Lawmaker asks COA to keep eye on P190M fine paid by Uber

Aangat Tayo Partylist Rep. Neil J. Abayon. (ATP photo)

AANGAT TAYO Party-list Representative and House Assistant Minority Leader Neil J. Abayon has asked the Commission on Audit to keep an eye on the P190 million fine paid by Uber to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to make sure that not a single peso or centavo of the money falls into the pockets or personal bank accounts of any LTFRB official or personnel.

“We are not accusing the LTFRB of graft on the handling of the P190 million fine. We simply want to make sure none of them in the LTFRB or anyone else in government is tempted to or does anything to siphon away any part of that huge amount,” Abayon said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Abayon added, “We urge the Department of Finance and the Bureau of the Treasury to closely monitor where that P190 million is, make sure it is safeguarded, that the government accounting and auditing rules on administrative fines is strictly followed, and that the fine is spent properly on programs and projects that benefit the riding public.”