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Profit soars for Microsoft fueled by cloud, business services

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'It was a record fiscal year for Microsoft, a result of our deep partnerships with leading companies in every industry,' says CEO Satya Nadella.

NADELLA. In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event where they unveil their cooperation for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud developed with Microsoft. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP


COA calls out Coast Guard for billions worth of messy finances

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:33 PM

The Commission on Audit also flags the agency for excessive and unliquidated cash advances in 2018

Netflix shares slide on disappointing subscriber growth

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Netflix says that it still sees long-term growth on target, dismissing concerns that consumers were gravitating to rivals


New law strengthens disease surveillance and reporting

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The law mandates the health department to continuously develop and upgrade the list of nationally notifiable diseases and health events of public concern

DISEASE SURVEILLANCE. A new law strengthens the reporting and surveillance of notifiable diseases like measles and dengue. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Spider-Man' sticks to top spot at North American box office

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' beats the competition yet again on its second weekend at the box office

SM Prime earnings rise by 16% in 1st half of 2019

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Integrated property developer SM Prime cites the stable Philippine economy as a factor in its double-digit growth

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.

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.

Ivory Coast must overhaul key cocoa sector – World Bank

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'Despite its importance to the Ivorian economy and society, the cocoa sector is not playing its role as the engine of economic development,' says the World Bank

Women sort cocoa beans at a cocoa exporter's in Abidjan, on July 3, 2019. - In June key producers Ivory Coast and Ghana threatened to stop selling their production to buyers unwilling to meet a minimum price of $2,600 per tonne. The two African nations -- which together account for 60 percent of the world's cocoa production -- want to end a situation where cocoa producers make only $6 billion in a global chocolate market worth around $100 billion. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

Central Luzon top cop disagrees with Amnesty International report

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Central Luzon police chief tells human rights group that 4 cops have been killed and 12 seriously injured by suspected drug personalities

Press rights group in secret Riyadh mission to urge journalists' release

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The RSF delegation went to Riyadh in late April and urged Saudi authorities to release 30 journalists who it says are imprisoned in the kingdom for their work

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

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

Rappler, The Investigative Journal to partner on investigative reporting

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The collaboration will see the coming together of two publishers with a shared belief in holding power to account through original, fact based, and investigative storytelling

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

'Spider-Man' flies again, leading North America box office

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:37 AM

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' takes in an impressive $93.6 million in North America during the US holiday weekend

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

'Toy Story 4' once again tops North America box office

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Already on its second weekend, 'Toy Story 4' still leads the box office, bringing in an additional $59.7 million

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

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

'Toy Story 4' climbs to top of North America box office

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:15 PM

'Toy Story 4' brings in $120.9 million on its opening weekend, making it the 4th-highest opening ever for an animated film in domestic markets

Trump says reelection 'easier' if he is impeached

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:34 PM

United States President Donald Trump says an 'impeachment is a very unfair thing'

US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP

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

Crumbling roads, grids cost poor nations billions due to storms – World Bank

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The World Bank says the effects of disasters in low- and middle-income nations are worsened by poor management of bridges, roads, and electricity grids

A police line is placed at a damaged bridge following torrential rain in Bogor, West Java on April 28, 2019. Photo by Rangga Firmansyah/AFP

Reforms, transparency needed for Belt and Road success – World Bank

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The World Bank says China's Belt and Road Initiative has the potential to boost trade and investment, but only if China and other nations make policy reforms

BELT AND ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and other leaders pose for a group photo session at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Photo by Jason Lee/Pool/AFP

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

Chanel made $11 billion in Lagerfeld's last year

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The notoriously secretive brand, which has only reported its results publicly twice in its 109-year history, says sales rose more than 10% in 2018

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 28: General view of atmosphere during the Chanel Ephemeral Boutique opening at Nordstrom on November 28, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Nordstrom/AFP

'Men in Black' tops forgettable box office weekend

Jun 18, 2019 - 12:04 PM

'Men in Black: International' failed to meet box office expectations in North America on its opening weekend

PH Navy bars Rappler from anniversary celebration

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Rappler is told only at the venue in the Navy's base in Sangley Point, Cavite City that it could not cover the event graced by President Rodrigo Duterte

PH NAVY ANNIVERSARY. Rappler is barred from the Philippine Navy's 121st anniversary celebration, which President Rodrigo Duterte attended on June 16, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

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

'Secret Life of Pets 2' defeats 'X-Men' at box office

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Claiming top box office spot in North America is 'The Secret Life of Pets 2', earning up to $47.1 million on its opening weekend

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

The future of work in the age of automation

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:11 AM

A McKinsey Global Institute report released at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference examines the impact of automation in 6 mature economies and 4 emerging economies

JOB SURIVIVAL. For workers to survive the age of automation and artificial intelligence, they have to acquire new skills and be more tech-savvy, says a June 2019 McKinsey Global Institute report. Image from Shutterstock

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

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

'Godzilla' stomps its way to North American box office domination

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:27 AM

'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' makes it to the top of the box office on its opening weekend

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

Robert Mueller, the enigma who held Trump's fate in his hands

May 30, 2019 - 10:12 AM

The former FBI director breaks his silence to announce he was closing the Special Counsel's Office and returning to private life after completing one of the most politically charged investigations in US history

ENIGMA. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mueller denies probe cleared Trump, hands baton to Congress

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) Not indicting Donald Trump is not equivalent to clearing him, Robert Mueller says, suggesting Congress has both the constitutional powers and the responsibility to pursue the case

FIRST STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' casts a powerful box office spell

May 28, 2019 - 11:31 AM

The 'Aladdin' magic lives on, taking in an estimated $86.1 million on its box office opening weekend

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 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