State-run People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) over the weekend claimed that the P60-million payments made to Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. (BMUI) were backed by the required documents.
In a statement uploaded by PTNI on its official Facebook account, it claimed that it had the necessary supporting documents for the P60.01-million worth of commercial advertisements of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in 2017.
“PTNI wishes to clarify that the said payments are supported by complete documents as required by COA (Commission on Audit) Circular No. 2012-001…” the statement read.
A Commission on Audit (COA) report released last week said that interviews with accounting personnel revealed that there was no Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or contract by and between PTNI and BMUI, relative to the airing of DOT advertisements.
PTNI said in its statement, however, that the payments were supported by “complete documents” such as the contract between PTNI and BMUI, the Certificate of Performance, the duly approved Budget Utilization Request, and the Billing Statement detailing the deliverables.
“All other issues and matters stated in these reports have already been addressed and clarified with the Commission on Audit during the recently held Exit Conference between COA and PTNI,” it said.
“Such reports attempt to undermine PTV’s integrity, when in truth, the Network, since the beginning of this administration, has been regularly operating and performing its mandate as the flagship television network of the Republic of the Philippines in delivering unbiased and quality information to the Filipino people,” it added.
The COA report said the DOT advertisements were aired during the “Kilos Pronto” program of BMUI, a blocktimer on PTNI.
The BMUI is headed by broadcaster Ben Tulfo. Its Kilos Pronto program is hosted by Ben and his brothers, along with Alex Santos.
Meanwhile the Department of Tourism (DOT) is headed by his sister, Secretary Wanda Teo. (By Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/ALG, GMA News)