Rappler's latest stories on 2017
Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III has the highest spending in 2017, including P3.9 million for foreign travels. But he says it comes with the position.
9 out of 10 Filipino kids spend over 13 hours per month reading 'non-school' books, says a National Book Development Board 2017 readership survey
The Miss Intercontinental pageant is scheduled in Manila on January 26, 2019
James Reid, Kim Chiu, Christian Bautista, and Martin Nievera are among this year's big winners
Montano approves the contracts for Intramuros and a music festival without a go-signal from the board, and in one instance, he disregards approval of the winning bidder and negotiates directly with the losing bidder instead
Meanwhile, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte is the wealthiest vice mayor in Metro Manila, according to their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48
The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza
Radio dzMM vows to investigate the issue, saying it 'takes allegations of unethical practices by any member of our news organization seriously'
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The PCOO awards ASEAN contracts to suppliers that went beyond the allocated budget and wastes P2.5 million by not awarding contracts to the lowest bidders, says the COA in its audit report
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade clarifies that the department's low disbursement rate does not mean they were 'negligent'
The biggest percentage increase is that of Leyte congressman Vicente Sofronio Veloso, with a jump of over 800%
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They say they don’t have enough money for that, according to a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas survey
Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified
(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017
Of the amount, P345,000 is considered disallowed but has yet to be refunded
The Solicitor General places 4th on the list with P10.9 million worth of salaries and allowances, bulk of which have been flagged as excessive by state auditors
P800,000 worth of cash advances given to Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya are disowned by the suppliers
In its annual report, Europol, says last year, a total 33 terror attacks were reported on the continent and Britain – 10 of which were successful, killing 62 people, while the rest were foiled or failed
(UPDATED) The Social Housing Finance Corporation gave the go-signal to start construction of a relocation project for 864 informal settler families from Valenzuela City within a site prone to flooding, tsunami, and unstable ground
A lawsuit has been filed by Joe and Claryce Holcombe, who are in their mid-80s and lost their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in the Texas church shooting
Warning participants against 'undermin[ing] the safe and orderly conduct' of the oath-taking ceremonies for new lawyers intentionally or unintentionally limit public criticism of the court
(UPDATED) Resigned justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says he 'has no participation whatsoever' in the transactions flagged, including P27-million worth of payroll without supporting documents, and P65-million worth of accounts maintained without authority
'General services' still make up the biggest chunk of contracted services of the Davao City government which, in 2017, cost them P1.1 billion
(UPDATED) Of the P5.4-million fund allotted to the PAMANA livelihood projects, only P119,000 was spent for expenses like catering and office supplies, the Commission on Audit said in its 2017 report on the Davao City government
'All these matters were duly rectified and resolved,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio
(UPDATED) State auditors make strongly-worded observations regarding procurement of medicines, school equipment, infrastructure projects, and inventory of supplies. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says COA's questions have been addressed.
The increases in her assets over the last 7 years are attributed to her retirement benefits and pension
As she prepares to crown her successor, Karen talks about the work she's done and the controversies she weathered after winning the country's 4th Miss Earth crown
Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV says there is an 'immediate need to look into the alleged irregularities' in the Presidential Communication Operations Office's disbursement of funds
The Indian beauty queen also talks about her personal advocacy on menstrual hygiene
The footage's release comes after a judge sides with media organizations including The New York Times and The Washington Post that lobbied in court that the evidence be made public
Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley topped regional offices in budget utilization for 2017, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol
COA flags P67.179 million in damages not charged to suppliers, P10.456 million in incentives without approval, and a P1.3-million non-existent parking lot project
Despite the two agencies submitting only 2 out of 16 required documents PAO pays the NHA and DPWH for a design and planning contract
The shifting of gears was not always well-oiled. It had its fair share of creaks and clunks.
Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children
It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal
The Supreme Court grounds burst into squeals and cheers as Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin announces the results of the Bar exam
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(3rd UPDATE) The passing grade this year is 75% for the total 6,748 law graduates who took the Bar in November 2017. Less than 2,000 make it.
The Commission on Audit also hits non-implementation of Sangguniang Kabataan activities, and over P268,000 worth of snacks for unofficial meetings
The US State Department notes that concerns about police impunity in the Philippines 'increased significantly following the sharp increase in police killings'
AMLC drafts a budget for 24 Android phones for its investigators, but ends up buying only 16 units of the more expensive iPhone 7
The net income of the Lopez family's holding firm drops to P4.225 billion from P6.557 billion, as earnings of both First Philippine Holdings and ABS-CBN slow in the absence of one-off gains
Despite higher revenues, the property developer's net income drops to P649.9 million in 2017 from P726.9 million in 2016 as it expands into the affordable housing and leisure markets
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