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Corruption Red Flags: Excesses in government spending

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 2 tackles excesses in spending, travels and ghosts of the pork scam.

Vico Sotto orders inventory of supplies amid missing P1.4B

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Pasig City government is 'now conducting a physical count of supplies and materials,' says Mayor Vico Sotto

New Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto takes his oath of office at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, June 30, in the presence of his celebrity parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Corruption Red Flags: Fake transactions, doubtful accounts in government spending

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Rappler conducts an analysis of 323 audit reports of government agencies to find irregularities and flagged spendings. Part 1 is all about the fake and the doubtful.

Makati to auction properties with unpaid taxes

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Makati's city treasurer prepares the public auction to compel the collection of P5.51 billion in unpaid taxes

UNPAID TAXES. Auditors recommend a public auction of delinquent properties in Makati City. Photo from Wikipedia

COA flags PCSO for waiving P1.43-B claim from small town lottery operators

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'The Board of Directors of the PCSO has no authority to condone or waive valid claims by the PCSO,' says the Commission on Audit

San Juan City fails to impose P736M in taxes on businesses

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The Commission on Audit says the city treasurer's office under-collects from 8 big corporate taxpayers

COA flags Pasig City for excessive supplies worth P775 million

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:05 PM

'The excessive procurement of supplies and materials resulted in the slow/non-moving inventory items that may eventually go to waste,' says the Commission on Audit

‘Paano ginagastos ang pera ng siyudad?’: QC to do internal audit

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The order comes days after Belmonte delivered her inaugural speech, where she clarified former mayor Herbert Bautista's claim that he left behind P26 billion

TRANSPARENCY. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte joins Vice Mayor Gian Sotto and city hall staff during the flag raising ceremony on July 8, 2019, where her first executive order on forming an Internal Audit Service unit was announced. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Erap leaves Manila in debt by P4.4 billion – COA

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:41 PM

State auditors also say the Manila city government under former mayor Joseph Estrada didn't have enough cash because it borrowed funds from unimplemented projects and development fund savings

IN DEBT. State auditors find Manila City lack sufficient cash to pay off its debt amounting to some P4.39 billion. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

AFP says Marawi aid audit report 'not quite accurate'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

The Armed Forces denies irregularities in its handling of aid money, after state auditors flagged the disparity in amounts given to wounded soldiers

MARAWI SIEGE. Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center of Marawi on June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

State houses meant for low-ranked cops, soldiers went to top brass – COA

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Over 1,400 high-ranking uniformed personnel take two housing units each. NHA tells COA this was upon the orders of the President.

HOUSING PROJECT. This housing project site in Pandi, Bulacan, is among the sites intended for the housing project of soldiers and cops, but which were occupied and eventually awarded to members of urban poor group Kadamay. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Malacañang fails to liquidate P10M of federalism fund

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:41 PM

State auditors flag the Presidential Communications Operations Office for unliquidated funds, and the legislative liaison office for overspending on hiring of consultants

Customs declaration of properties way off mark by P9.63B, say state auditors

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs lists properties and equipment worth P9.887 billion, but the physical count turns up only P208.06 million worth – a discrepancy of P9.63 billion

COA calls out Customs for 'illegal' release of cargoes

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:10 PM

At the Port of Manila, 105 containers worth P69.68 million 'were illegally released without proper authorization,' depriving the government of additional revenues, COA says in its 2018 audit report on the Bureau of Customs

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

COA: Wounded Marawi soldiers received crumbs from P274-million aid

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Commission on Audit says there were 'no clear guidelines' that served as basis for the distribution of cash assistance to wounded soldiers

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Office of the President spent over P1B on salaries, benefits in 2018 – COA

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

The Commission on Audit attributes the higher spending on salaries and perks to the implementation of the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law

Tourism Board blames Montano, Teo in anomalous P80M Buhay Carinderia project

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The hasty payments ‘were done upon the directives of former COO and former Secretary of DOT,’ says the current management of the Tourism Promotions Board

FOOD TOURISM. Mary Lindbert International CEO Erlinda Legaspi (L), Tourism Promotions Board COO Cesar Montano (C), and former tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo Teo (R) at the Buhay Carinderia Redefined launch on April 11, 2018. Photo from the Buhay Carinderia Facebook page

COA asks Cavite gov't to explain P4.95 million paid to consultants

Jun 23, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Cavite provincial government has replied to auditors, who want justification that consultants' scope of work are beyond the in-house capability of the province

COA calls out DOJ for 'huge' travel spending

Jun 20, 2019 - 4:02 PM

'There were 23 types of meetings/fora/dialogues wherein two to 5 participants were sent by DOJ to attend, resulting in huge amounts of traveling expenses being spent by DOJ totaling ₱5,550,149.44,' the Commission on Audit says

Pag-IBIG 'illegally' increased salaries in 2018 by P248 million – COA

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Auditors want a refund of the excess salaries

COA rejects reimbursement of P5-M meals, snacks in Puerto Princesa

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:30 PM

State auditors also question the lack of public bidding for the meals and snacks

P22 million worth of travels of PDEA officials lack documents – COA

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Another P51.8 million worth of disbursement vouchers have no receipts

Robredo's Angat Buhay program flagged for poor planning, lack of docs

Jun 12, 2019 - 5:35 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Vice President's lack of a 'clear-cut procedure' in choosing local beneficiaries 'defeats the purpose' of its Angat Buhay program, says the Commission on Audit

ANGAT BUHAY. A file photo of Vice President Leni Robredo  at an Angat Buhay Program project in Romblon on April 12, 2019, where the Office of the Vice President (OVP) gave kitchen tools and equipment to the Santa Maria National High School for senior high Home Economics. Photo by Arnold Almacen/Office of the Vice President

COA wants Napolcom to stop paying personnel dietary benefits

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It turns out that there are 6 other types of allowances worth P51.22 million that COA had recommended be stopped in recent years, but Napolcom did not comply

Robredo: Wrong to use Marawi rehab funds for Hajj

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while Hajj is a pillar of Islam, the government must be strict about using funds only for what they were authorized for

a Maranao woman walks passed by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4,2019. (bobby lagsa/Rappler)

PH Navy audit shows delays in hundreds of millions worth of projects

Jun 08, 2019 - 6:11 PM

COA calls out the ‘slow completion’ of the Navy’s disaster risk reduction project

Drilon calls for special audit of PhilHealth funds

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also says the Senate minority bloc will file a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged payment of PhilHealth funds for 'ghost' kidney treatments

SENATE MINORITY LEADER. Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon wants an investigation into the alleged anomalies in PhilHealth. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lung Center flagged for millions in unremitted benefits for patients

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:54 PM

P22.6 million of the amount comes from Philhealth which should have been refunded to patients who are also members

Photo of the Lung Center from the Lung Center of the Philippines Facebook Page

Duterte to COA: Don't seek refund of Marawi rehab money spent on Hajj

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the P5 million used for Hajj was well-spent because Marawi City evacuees would prefer making the pilgrimage over receiving government housing

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Over 5,700 dead soldiers still got pension in 2018 – COA

Jun 06, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Audit wants to hold officials liable for the payment of more than P70 million to pensioners who were already dead

May 13 elections most accurate, manual audit shows

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The May 13 elections post an overall accuracy rate of 99.9953%, according to the random manual audit of the election results

MANUAL AUDIT. Public school teachers manually count ballots on May 15, 2019, as part of the random manual audit at Diamond Hotel. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

COA orders National Youth Commission officials, employees to refund excess pay

Jun 04, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Audit flags unauthorized extra pay and excessive reimbursements

COA: Most funds for waterways rehab used in 2018, but projects unfinished

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission failed to anticipate problems in the implementation of projects for waterways

Aldemar Vallos, 27, collects recycleable plastic in the Pasig River in Manila on June 21, 2014. Vallos earns an average of 1 USD a day by selling the plastics to a junkshop. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

COA flags unbuilt temporary shelters in Ormoc after July 2017 earthquake

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The process of constructing the temporary shelters is so slow that the permanent housing units are expected to be completed first

CATASTROPHE. A resident is shocked after the magnitude-6.5 earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Donations to Marawi evacuees: Only P10,000 released in 2018 – COA

May 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

State auditors also find that most of the P135.39 million cash donations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which happened in 2013, remain with the OCD

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

COA: P49-M fund remains idle under National Anti-Poverty Commission

May 26, 2019 - 7:50 PM

State auditors urge the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation to extend the validity of their original agreement to properly use the funding

OVP gets highest COA rating in 2018 audit

May 25, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Commission on Audit's sterling opinion of the 2018 financial report of the Office of the Vice President is an improvement from previous years when the state auditors flagged some of its expenses

VP ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during a youth forum in January 2017. File photo by OVP

COA tells PCGG: Compel PNB to submit documents supporting P157-M expenses

May 23, 2019 - 2:29 PM

The state auditors want to verify some $2.98 million disbursements made against the $5-billion recovered ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family

COA raises red flags over P1.3-M OSG training, seminars in 'expensive' venues

May 21, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Office of the Solicitor General did not present attendance sheets nor complete supporting documents for the fees paid to the trainers and lecturers in 2018

Auditors flag P7-M worth of OSG travels

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Apart from flagged airplane tickets, state auditors also find violations in the purchase of office supplies

Lente vows to be 'independent' despite Comelec partnership

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'We stepped in despite the two weeks notice because it has a vital purpose in our elections,' says Lente executive director Ona Caritos

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines at Araullo High School in Manila on May 8, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

COA questions two Tarlac disaster projects

May 08, 2019 - 5:19 PM

COA's annual audit report finds red flags in the purchase of trauma and first aid kits, and the construction of below-standard buildings

COA: Ilocos Norte gov't illegally hired private lawyers as consultants

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Ilocos Norte government says it hired private lawyers to assist the provincial legal officer, but the Commission on Audit says it could not find a valid reason for this move

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

SC: Release P747-M retirement perks of ex-DBP employees

May 05, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Supreme Court grants a petition questioning the Commission on Audit's notice of disallowance on the Development Bank of the Philippines' retirement program

Image from Wikicommons

COA to La Union state university: Explain 'diverted' funds

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University reallocated nearly P32 million to incentives for officials and employees in 2018, says the Commission on Audit

Image from DMMMSU-NLUC website

PICC firm owes government P150 million, say state auditors

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

This is equivalent to 50% of its net earnings in 2017, worth around P300 million

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into P6.6-M DOTC IT contract

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The Commission on Audit says some officials of the then-Department of Transportation and Communications failed to observe proper rules in procuring IT equipment in July 2010

COA orders MWSS officials to return P8 million in meal allowances

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Commission on Audit says MWSS officials defaulted on the petition for review by sending the petition 362 days after receiving the notices – more than double the 180-day allowance

Former Baguio mayor, 16 execs liable for P63M in illegal perks – COA

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Ex-Baguio City mayor Reinaldo Bautista and 16 others are found liable for the unauthorized release of funds classified as cost of living allowance

CONCESSION ROAD. Tourists and residents flock Baguio City's Session Road to appreciate local crafts and products being sold during a trade fair on March 8, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Auditors flag P3.6B in Philippine Coast Guard transactions

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:11 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine Coast Guard has to answer for billions worth of allotments without contracts, while some projects remain unliquidated

RED FLAGS. Internal auditors notice P3.6 billion worth of red flags in the Philippine Coast Guard's transactions.