Ilocos Norte vehicle supplier dealt with Imee Marcos' boyfriend

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Despite meeting the couple Imee Marcos and Mark Chua businessman Fabian Go claims he had no idea he was selling the vehicles to a local government

NO IDEA? Businessman Fabian Go says he had no idea he was being paid using government funds. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Makati's 2016 garbage hauling costs lowest since 2007 – COA

Aug 27, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The drop in expenses is attributed to the local government s environmental programs according to the Commission on Audit

COA: Higher budget but lower performance in 2016 for PDEA

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:07 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it arrested and charged more individuals in 2016 however

COA affirms ruling vs anomalous PNP armored car deals under Razon

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says it will now refer the case to the Office of the Ombudsman

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COA hits MGB for P36M spent on 'unseaworthy' survey ship

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The RPS Explorer owned by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has undergone P36 72 million worth of repairs and maintenance work from 2012 to 2017 but it has not been deployed since 2011

Customs, Treasury missteps in Marcos loot result in possible loss – COA

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

COA requires both bureaus to submit pertinent documents and reports to account for the Marcos loot

Ex-Leyte congressman Veloso indicted for graft over PDAF scam

Aug 01, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Veloso s NGO partner is not among the Napoles NGOs but the businesswoman had earlier included him in her Napolist

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA questions CHED's handling of P435 million in scholarship program

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:28 PM

The large amount not utilized properly due to delays in processing runs counter to the StuFAP s objective of funding poor but deserving college scholars

Pag-IBIG gets COA nod on law firm to handle Globe Asiatique cases

Jul 17, 2017 - 12:37 PM

With over a billion pesos involved in these cases COA says full commitment is extremely necessary to ensure proper representation in courts

LAW FIRM. Delfin Lee and his property firm are accused of double sale to various buyers of subdivision housing units that were also mortgaged or used as collateral for housing loans from Pag-IBIG Fund. File image

COA hits PCOO for unliquidated cash advances for Duterte trips

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:02 PM

The PCOO explains that the delay in liquidation is due to the frequent and consecutive trips of President Rodrigo Duterte in his first 6 months in office

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla share a light moment prior to the start of the Mindanao Hour at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex on May 31, 2017. Also in the photo is Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA: OP has P155.7-M unliquidated fund transfers under Aquino

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The amount includes P138 million in unliquidated fund transfers for former president Benigno Aquino III s foreign travels from 2011 to 2015

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A picture taken on June 27, 2017 shows a T-shirt featuring the U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a sign "We Love Russia" on sale at a souvenir shop in Saint Petersburg. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

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Jul 12, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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Malacañang spent P6.8M on rewards for cops in 2016 – COA

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s rewards for meritorious police lead to a 6 200 jump in OP expenses for awards rewards and prizes in 2016

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards the Medalya ng Kagalingan or PNP Efficiency Medal to the personnel of Carmen Municipal Police Station during his visit at the Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 headquarters in Davao City on June 29, 2017. Personnel of the Carmen Municipal Police Station conducted blocking operations at Purok 4, Brgy. Tubod, Carmen, Davao del Norte last June 23, 2017 which resulted to the death of 3 armed men believed to be members of a lawless armed group who attacked a police outpost. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

COA: Duterte has over P6 billion in discretionary funds

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The Office of the President s discretionary funds include a P1 4 billion donation of the Lopez owned Benpres Corporation to the government dating back to 1990 which remains untouched

AFP yet to recover P105M paid to dead pensioners – COA

Jul 12, 2017 - 1:33 PM

These funds should have been utilized for other valid and urgent claims from the national government COA says

DOH's P1.6B projects are delayed, broken or unused – COA

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:50 PM

COA says the deficiencies deprived the public of the benefits of public health programs

MRT3 maintenance provider Busan claims fewer glitches since takeover

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Busan says it was able to reduce the number of system glitches to 2 701 in 2016 from 2 776 in 2015

REPAIR WORK. Sectional rail replacement (pre-welding) activity between Taft & Magallanes Stations of the MRT3 on February 24, 2015. File photo

House 'overpaid' more than P306,000 to resigned employees – COA

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:20 PM

State auditors point to weaknesses in the House of Representatives monitoring of its employees status and payroll

OVERPAID STAFF. State auditors report the House kept on paying the salaries of resigned or transferred employees. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#AnimatED: Katiwalian at ang gabundok na toilet paper ng Senado

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Kahit mag UNLI session ang mga senador at kanilang staff sa kubeta ay walang dapat ipangamba dahil may 20 856 rolyo ng toilet paper ang mga kagalang galang

Mamasapano town earns COA praise for women-friendly programs

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Audit says the local government managed to make the most out of its meager funds by implementing projects that made a big impact

COA: P1.42B cash grants not claimed by 4Ps beneficiaries

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:51 PM

The Commission on Audit also notes that P7 659 billion of CCT funds released through the Landbank of the Philippines remain unaccounted for

COA recommends graft charges vs DOJ, BuCor officials in Tadeco deal

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

State auditors say BuCor management must initiate the filing of charges against the officials before the Ombudsman

CHARGES LOOMING? The COA recommends the filing of charges against officials of the DOJ and BuCor who sealed the joint venture agreement with Tadeco.

Purchase, delivery of PNP equipment ongoing – Procurement Service

Jul 05, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The Procurement Service an agency under the budget department provides updates on the status of equipment that the Commission on Audit says remain undelivered to the PNP

Wanted: Duterte Dog Squad

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Presidential Security Group has only 20 working dogs – less than the minimum 25 required

PROTECTION. A company of K-9 units line-up for their deployment to Sulu province. File photo from AFP-PAO

Need toilet paper? COA says Senate has too many rolls

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:45 PM

It also has too many canisters of insecticide batteries and other overstocked supplies worth a total of around P1 4 million

Robredo on 'underspending': OVP funds went to calamity victims, the poor

Jul 02, 2017 - 7:10 PM

In response to a Commission on Audit report Vice President Leni Robredo says her office had spent 86 of its available budget by the end of 2016

NINA-HIT. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Camarines Sur that was devastated by typhoon Nina. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

COA: DOT failed to give public 'optimum services' in 2016

Jun 29, 2017 - 1:42 PM

The Department of Tourism was unable to utilize P1 5 billion of its 2016 budget says COA

BFP defends defective fire trucks: 'They come with warranty'

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection spokesperson says that since the bureau is underequipped it deems it better to buy more fire trucks of inferior quality

DEFECTIVE. The fire trucks, acquired just last April 2016 already show signs of overuse and malfunction. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency

11 Coast Guard officers linked to P27M in anomalous purchases – COA

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The officers including retired Rear Admiral Cecil Chen allegedly violated the Government Procurement Reform Act

Davao City spent P151M due to lack of waste segregation – COA

Jun 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Only 4 out of the city s 182 barangays maintain a materials recovery facility which is required under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

SANITATION. The Commission on Audit reveals 98% of barangays in Davao City failed to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act.

176 China-made firetrucks of BFP defective, says COA

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:10 PM

The firetrucks were found with defective safety features and engines according to a COA report

COA: Delivery of P3-billion worth of PNP firearms, ammo delayed

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:58 AM

State auditors say there are firearms and equipment that have not yet been delivered for 3 or more years

PNP in 2016: Budget up, performance down – COA

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:04 PM

When it gets P11 75 billion more in budget the PNP does fewer neighborhood patrols investigations serving of warrants and capture of high value targets

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Jun 16, 2017 - 8:52 PM

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PH jail congestion rate soars to over 500% amid drug war

Jun 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Philippine jails have a total holding capacity of only 20 746 but now accommodate 126 946 inmates

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COA calls out Nueva Ecija gov't over idle rice dryers

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:29 PM

High drying fees and expenses have prompted small farmers to shy away from the facilities which cost P100 million to build

RICE FARMERS. Farmers in Nueva Ecija recover their harvest after Typhoon Lando hit the province in 2015. File photo by Vincent Go/Greenpeace

COA to ERC: Unethical for companies to pay for inspectors' travel, lodging

Jun 07, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Commission on Audit warns that the independence of inspectors may be impaired since power companies shoulder their travel and lodging costs

COA: Illegal settlers' farming led to more bird strikes at Clark airport

Jun 04, 2017 - 8:51 PM

From just 3 in 2010 the number of bird strike incidents drastically increased to 50 in 2016 alone

COA to BFP: Better to buy new fire trucks than repair old ones

May 28, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The Commission on Audit says spending money to fix fully depreciated vehicles is both excessive and unnecessary

Calida, OSG lawyers did not submit daily time records in 2016 – COA

May 21, 2017 - 5:30 PM

State auditors say the lack of time records made it difficult to determine if 248 OSG lawyers and 4 directors incurred unauthorized absences or tardiness

TOP GOVT LAWYER. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a congressional inquiry. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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May 18, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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Bautista richest, Gascon poorest among heads of constitutional bodies

May 18, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The Comelec and CHR chiefs net worth as well as that of the Ombudsman and chairpersons of COA and CSC all increase in 2016

Calida, Hilbay received excess allowances in 2016 – COA

May 18, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay says Republic Act 9417 or the OSG Law guides the allowances of lawyers at the Office of the Solicitor General

Solicitor General Jose Calida and his predecessor Florin Hilbay

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May 03, 2017 - 8:48 PM

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BuCor-Tadeco deal illegal, should be cancelled – DOJ, COA panels

May 03, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The panels separate investigations say the joint venture agreement is disadvantageous to government

FEUDING FRIENDS. The separate investigations of COA and DOJ into the banana firm owned by Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr stemmed from the red flags raised by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

4Ps payout agents win P277-M claim vs DSWD

Apr 21, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The CCT program which provides direct cash assistance to the poorest Filipinos owes millions to government partners that facilitated the money transfer

P136 million in PDAF unused by kidney hospital

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:01 PM

An audit report shows the NKTI does not know how to handle the funds of 265 legislators after the Supreme Court declared the PDAF as unconstitutional in 2013

P143M in NKTI drugs, lab supplies missing, says COA

Apr 10, 2017 - 9:19 PM

State auditors say: Nobody checks whether the quantity of stored supplies match the quantity of supplies indicated in the requisition and issue slip enabling possible padding

NKTI AUDIT. A Commission on Audit inventory-taking sees P143 million in missing supplies and drugs. Image from NKTI website.