2017
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Miss Intercontinental 2017 Veronica Salas to visit Manila in October

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The Miss Intercontinental pageant is scheduled in Manila on January 26, 2019

FULL LIST: Winners of PMPC Star Awards for Music 2017-2018

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:10 PM

James Reid, Kim Chiu, Christian Bautista, and Martin Nievera are among this year's big winners

COA finds Montano’s P12M contracts questionable

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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

QUESTIONABLE CONTRACTS. Cesar Montano's contracts with performers and music festival organizers in 2017 are flagged by auditors for violating procurement and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) rules. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


Erap Estrada is richest Metro Manila mayor in 2017

Jul 25, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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

MAYOR ERAP. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is the wealthiest mayor in Metro Manila in 2017. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26 PM

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

If the SONA were a movie franchise, here's how we'd review it

Jul 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The first two SONAs, after all, were directed by acclaimed director Brilliante Mendoza

COA says children's council paid P1 million to dzMM reporter

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Radio dzMM vows to investigate the issue, saying it 'takes allegations of unethical practices by any member of our news organization seriously'

FLAGGED PAYMENT. The Commission on Audit flags the irregularity of the Council for the Welfare of Children or CWC's P1.05 payment to a radio reporter for the coverage of the national children's month.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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COA flags anomalies in PCOO procurement for ASEAN events

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:15 AM

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

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOTr underspends P12B due to policy shifts

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:32 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade clarifies that the department's low disbursement rate does not mean they were 'negligent'

CHIEF. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade explains the results of the 2017 COA report on DOTr in a press briefing on July17, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

9 representatives' net worth more than doubled in 2017

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The biggest percentage increase is that of Leyte congressman Vicente Sofronio Veloso, with a jump of over 800%

HOUSE PLENARY. Photo of the House of Representatives plenary hall by Darren Langit/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

52.8 million Filipinos don't have bank accounts

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:08 AM

They say they don’t have enough money for that, according to a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas survey

Lacson seeks more scrutiny of surge in Duterte's intel funds

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

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

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte expenses up by 500%: Choppers, consultants, intel

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017

HUGE INCREASE. Cost of the ASEAN Summit, financial assistance to soldiers, maintenance of presidential choppers and billions of intelligence funds make up the P500% increase in the Office of the President's expenses for 2017.

Duterte’s office has P5.8M unliquidated cash advances – COA

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Of the amount, P345,000 is considered disallowed but has yet to be refunded

The Int’l Media Center for the ASEAN 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calida is first SolGen in years to be among 5 highest paid in government

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:40 PM

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

HIGHEST PAID. Solicitor General Jose Calida is the 4th highest paid national government agency official for 2017.

Unsolved PH Coast Guard cash mess continues with promoted officer – COA

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:26 PM

P800,000 worth of cash advances given to Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya are disowned by the suppliers

CASH ADVANCES MESS. Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya's "irregular" cash advances add up to the pile of questioned expenses of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo of Laroya courtesy of PCG Facebook

Threat 'acute' as jihadist attacks double in 2017 – Europol

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:37 PM

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

EUROPOL. File photo shows an Italian Guardia di Finanza officer (center) walks with a Guardia Civil officer (left) beside a Europol member as they take part in a search at a Restaurant in Barcelona during an international police operation against Italian Mafia. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

COA questions safety of proposed gov't relocation site in Valenzuela

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:40 PM

(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

UNSAFE? The Commision on Audit questioned the safety of a proposed government site in Valenzuela City.

Texas family sues U.S. government after mass shooting

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:55 AM

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

REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS. Flowers are placed at a police barricade near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Bar Bulletin No. 26: Has the Supreme Court unintentionally restrained free speech?

Jun 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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

COA flags DOJ for undocumented payroll, unauthorized accounts

May 25, 2018 - 11:47 AM

(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

COA nudges Davao City over questionable workers

May 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'General services' still make up the biggest chunk of contracted services of the Davao City government which, in 2017, cost them P1.1 billion

File photo of the Davao City Hall by Rappler

COA flags Davao City’s unutilized funds for livelihood, disaster risk reduction

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(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

AUDIT. The 2017 audit report of Davao City shows P560 million worth of unutilized funds.

Sara Duterte: COA questions on Davao City spending 'resolved'

May 23, 2018 - 12:14 PM

'All these matters were duly rectified and resolved,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

DAVAO CITY MAYOR. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says the Davao City government has addressed the concerns of the Commission on Audit on the former's expenses in 2017. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

P570M worth of Davao City spending, accounts in 2017 lacked documents – COA

May 22, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(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.

AUDIT. The Commission on Audit (COA) flags P570 million in accounts and spending by the Davao City government in its 2017 audit report. File photo from Wikipedia

Morales leaves Ombudsman P17M richer than when she came in

May 21, 2018 - 12:57 PM

The increases in her assets over the last 7 years are attributed to her retirement benefits and pension

ADDRESSING ISSUES. After 3 months of media silence, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales appears in a news conference on April 25, 2017 to address issues concerning cases filed before her office. Photo by Rappler

Miss Earth PH 2017 Karen Ibasco looks back on her reign before she passes the crown

May 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

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

Trillanes seeks probe into PCOO's 'anomalous' P647-M ASEAN info caravan

May 16, 2018 - 3:33 PM

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

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar talks about 'incredible' Manila visit

May 05, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The Indian beauty queen also talks about her personal advocacy on menstrual hygiene

Police body cam footage shows tense moments after Vegas shooting

May 03, 2018 - 6:05 PM

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

SHOOTING AT THE STRIP. Las Vegas police run by a banner on the fence at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Agriculture department reports 94.6% use of 2017 budget

May 03, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley topped regional offices in budget utilization for 2017, says Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

BUDGET REVIEW. Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (2nd from right) leads the quarterly budget review of his agency on May 2, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Manny Pinol, photo taken by DA staff

Aside from tourism ads, auditors flag PTV's P157-M spending

May 03, 2018 - 2:22 PM

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

AUDIT REPORT. State-run television network PTV-4 is flagged by the Commission on Audit for millions worth of spending.

PAO paid P4.8M for building plan and design without complete docs – COA

May 03, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Despite the two agencies submitting only 2 out of 16 required documents PAO pays the NHA and DPWH for a design and planning contract

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 23-29, 2018

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

ALMOST EMPTY. The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

[OPINION] Gears shifted: From nurse to lawyer

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The shifting of gears was not always well-oiled. It had its fair share of creaks and clunks.

WATCH: 'Anak, pasado ka!' and other victorious 2017 Bar moments

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children

BAR VICTORY. Editha Billones calls her daughter Zandalee to inform her she has passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2017 Bar: Redemption for UST, sorrow for hazing victim Castillo's mom

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

It is bittersweet redemption for a law school rocked by a high-profile hazing scandal

Security personnel check entering examinees during the first day of the Bar Exams at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Sunday, November 6, 2016. A total of 6,924 law graduates applied for the 115th Bar exams which will be held on four consecutive Sundays of the month starting November 6. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 2017 Bar exam results announcement

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The Supreme Court grounds burst into squeals and cheers as Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin announces the results of the Bar exam

Hopefuls react as the results of the 2017 Bar Examinations is announced at the Supreme ourt on April 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bar Exam 2017 results, Boracay closed, Macron in U.S. | Midday wRap

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:34 PM

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Bar Exam results 2017: 25.55% passing rate

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(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.

Photo by Leanne Jazul

Nat'l Youth Commission's SK spending: Consultants lacked docs, deliverables delayed

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Commission on Audit also hits non-implementation of Sangguniang Kabataan activities, and over P268,000 worth of snacks for unofficial meetings

SK SPENDING. The National Youth Commission's spending for the Sangguniang Kabataan in 2017 is flagged several times in the 2017 audit report of the Commission on Audit (COA).

EJKs still 'chief human rights concern' in PH, says U.S.

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The US State Department notes that concerns about police impunity in the Philippines 'increased significantly following the sharp increase in police killings'

UNEXPLAINED KILLING. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

AMLC’s purchase of iPhone 7s flagged by COA

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:06 PM

AMLC drafts a budget for 24 Android phones for its investigators, but ends up buying only 16 units of the more expensive iPhone 7

FLAGGED. AMLC's purchase of 16 iPhone 7s for its investigators is flagged by the Commission on Audit.

Lopez Holdings net income drops 36% in 2017

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:25 PM

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

Century Properties net income drops in 2017 amid diversification

Apr 16, 2018 - 5:15 PM

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

[OPINION] What I learned after covering Palarong Pambansa

Apr 14, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Receiving intensive hands-on training from professional journalists is something that not every campus journalist gets to experience

Cherry Mobile is top-selling smartphone brand in PH in 2017 – IDC

Apr 06, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Filipino brand accounted for 23% of the 15 million units sold in the Philippines in 2017, reports industry tracker International Data Corporation

Photo from Cherry Mobile


Alliance Global net income for 2017 stalls on Resorts World attack

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Alliance Global reports a net income of P21.8 billion in 2017, from P22.8 billion in 2016, as losses from its casino and liquor units offset gains from Megaworld and fast-food operations