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Masbate acting gov went on travel spree without permission – COA

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Masbate acting governor Vicente Homer Revil and other officials traveled abroad without authority and clearance from the Interior Secretary, costing government close to P1 million, state auditors said.

In a 2014 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said Revil and four other provincial officials traveled to US and London in 2013 and 2014 despite their failure to secure an authority to travel abroad from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as required for by law.

State auditors said the disbursement vouchers for the officers’ travel were paid despite the absence of necessary documents required of officials before they could travel abroad.

The over-all travels of Revil and the others cost P977,937.43.

The COA recommended to the provincial accountant to require an authority to travel from the DILG before issuing cash advances for foreign travels.