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$15,000 claim of grandson of World War II captain against Malacañang denied

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by Allan Yves Briones

The $15,000 money claim of Arturo Rosario Poyaoan, alleged grandson of Captain Melecio Rosario who served in the Second World War, against the Office of the President (OP) was dismissed by the Commission on Audit Commission Proper (COA-CP).

In their decision, COA-CP held that the commission “is devoid of jurisdiction” to resolve the claim, given that the Crusaders Army, Inc. (CAI), of which Rosario was allegedly a member of the 14th Infantry, is not part of the government.

“The money claim was based on the note allegedly issued by the CAI in favor of Capt. Rosario as proof of his individual share in the CAI. The CAI was a private organization, not a government agency, or its subsidiary or instrumentality. Neither was it an agency attached to the OP or the Philippine Army,” the decision stated.

Citing Section 26 of Presidential Decree No. 1445, COA-CP explained that the commission’s jurisdiction extends only to money claims “due from or owing to the Philippine government.”

“Thus, any claim which Mr. Poyaoan may have against the CAI or the estate of General Moncado is outside the jurisdiction of this Commission,” COA added.

In his petition, Poyaoan alleged that as the sole heir of Rosario, he is entitled to the $15,000 note issued by CAI founder Godofredo Calub to the latter, who died without receiving it.

The sum was allegedly Rosario’s share in the estate of Hilario Camino Moncado” – a self-proclaimed 5-star general who co-founded CAI.

The OP denied any affiliation with CAI, recommending that the claim be denied by COA, which was subsequently made true on the grounds of lack of sufficient evidence on the part of Payaoan.

CAI was a religious and patriotic group in the Philippines.

The decision was written by the three-man COA-CP panel composed of Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo and Commissioners Jose Fabia and Roland Pondoc.

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