MALACAÑANG expressed concern over the shooting by still unknown individuals of the Commission on Audit (COA) building in Quezon City on Wednesday,
saying the perpetrators would fail in their attempt to use the incident as a threat to “people pushing for reforms.”
“To those elements who intended to use this as a threat to those people pushing for reforms, you have heard the chairman and you will fail,”
Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang.
He commended the COA who, through its chairman Grace Pulido-Tan, said the agency would not be deterred and will continue with their audit functions.
“We commend the statement of Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan that they will not be deterred by the recent incident at the COA building and we commend their
determination to continue with their mandate to serve the Filipino people and to continue with their audit functions. This should not deter anyone,”
He added that security measures would be accorded to the commissioners of the COA after further assessment of the situation.
“We will assess the situation but certainly we are looking at the incident with concern… if the investigation will reveal that this was no random
incident, we certainly look at this with grave concern,” Lacierda said.
Quezon City Police Department Chief Superintendent Richard Albano said in an earlier interview that the COA building along Commonwealth Avenue was
shot at early Wednesday morning with police forces conducting an investigation into the incident. PND