Bersamin: Calida leaves COA chair

Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin informed reporters on Tuesday that Commission on Audit chairman Jose Calida has resigned. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has accepted Calida’s resignation.

Calida’s tenure with the commission expired on Tuesday, October 4, because he was not reappointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.

Calida, the Solicitor General during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, was one of 15 Marcos appointments that were turned through by the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Following news of Calida’s resignation, the COA’s public information office issued a statement: “Please be advised that the Chairperson was one of the officials whose appointment was bypassed by the Commission on Appointments. Today, the President issued reappointment to 10 cabinet members, unfortunately, Chair Calida was not one of those reappointed.”Among those reappointed by the President are:

  • Erwin Teshiba Tulfo – secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development
  • Maria Susana Vasquez Ople – secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers
  • Benjamin Estoista Diokno – secretary of the Department of Finance
  • Manuel Manligas Bonoan – secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Alfredo Espinosa Pascual – secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry
  • Jose Rizalino Larion Acuzar – secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development
  • Jaime Jimenez Bautista – secretary of the Department of Transportation
  • Renato Umali Solidum Jr. – secretary of the Department of Science and Technology
  • Raphael Perpetuo Mercado Lotilla – secretary of the Department of Energy
  • Arsenio Molina Balisacan – secretary of the National Economic Development Authority

The Commission on Audit added that it would wait for President Marcos’ appointment of a new chairperson.

According to the Office of the Solicitor General’s website, Calida graduated from Ateneo de Davao University in 1969. In 1973, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and passed the bar exam the same year.

He served as justice undersecretary and executive director of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) before joining the Duterte administration as Solicitor General.

The Commission on Appointments (CA) is a commission of legislators from the House of Representatives and the Senate who analyzes presidential appointees and finally accepts or declines them.

Stella Quimbo, senior vice chairperson of the House Appropriations Committee and the budget sponsor for the COA’s proposed P13.16 billion budget for 2023, had stated during budget deliberations that Calida has been on medical break since September 1.

COA’s estimated 13.16 billion budget for 2023 is P823 million less than its current-year budget.

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