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COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Constant 'relearning,' non-routine abilities key to future job security – PIDS

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:41 PM

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies' report lays out the landscape of jobs in the Philippines as automation threatens to displace workers

ROBOT WAITER. In an example of possible automation in the food service industry, this little robotic waiter at ROBOT.HE restaurant in Shanghai wheels up to the table, raises its glass lid to reveal a steaming plate of local Shanghai-style crayfish and announces in low, mechanical tones, 'Enjoy your meal.' AFP Photo


New skills needed as automation shifts job landscape – World Economic Forum

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:30 PM

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, here are primary considerations when it comes to the future of work in the age of automation

Journalist murdered in Mexico, 9th in 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) El Heraldo de Chiapas reporter Mario Gomez is the 9th reporter killed this year in Mexico, the second deadliest country in the world for journalists

LATEST VICTIM. Journalist Mario Gomez was shot by gunmen on Friday, September 21. Photo by Sergio Melgar Recinos/Facebook

How much plastic does it take to kill a turtle? Typically just 14 pieces

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Our analyses suggest that a turtle has a 22% chance of dying if it eats just one piece of plastic

FATAL FOOD. Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle. Qamar Schuyler, Author provided

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age


6 times COA reported on key Duterte concerns, advocacies

Sep 18, 2018 - 2:28 PM

President Duterte has vowed to crack down on corruption and unnecessary delays in government projects. The Commission on Audit has released reports on those very issues he wants to fix.

BFAR 'loses' 57 patrol boats acquired from grant, loans

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources squandered patrol boats acquired from a US grant and loans from Spain

COA flags P10.6-B irregularities in AFP, PNP housing program

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The Commission on Audit hits the National Housing Authority for failing to properly evaluate contractors, which led to the awarding of contracts to companies with limited capacity

Human rights groups face 'alarming, shameful level' of gov't retaliation – UN report

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The Philippines is among 38 countries where governments subject human rights advocates to 'harsh reprisals and intimidation,' according to a UN report

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'They were not jailed because they were journalists' but because 'the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act,' says Aung San Suu Kyi

UN says Myanmar waging 'campaign against journalists'

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

A fresh report from the UN rights office decries 'the instrumentalization of the law and of the courts by the government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism'

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. File photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

COA flags P1.5-B irregularities in Yolanda housing project

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

State auditors question the lack of manpower, splitting of contracts, and extension of contacts which lead to the delayed completion of projects under the Yolanda Permanent Housing Program

IN RUINS. Super Typhoon Yolanda caused massive destruction in November 2013. Rappler file photo

Use of 'cyber troops' found in 48 countries, up from 28 last year – report

Sep 11, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The University of Oxford, in a report from July titled, 'Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation,' aimed to inform about the further growth of misinformation and manipulation campaigns

Top Davao gov't infra contractor owned by Bong Go kin – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:38 PM

CLTG Builders, a contractor owned by SAP Bong Go's father, wins roughly P750 million worth of government contracts from 2016 to 2017

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is the son of a top infrastructure contractor in Davao. Bong Go photo from Malacañang

Top 10 ‘Build, Build, Build’ contractors have records of fraud, delays – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:22 PM

All 10 are being investigated by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Consumers turn gloomy over Philippine economy in Q3 2018

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' consumer expectation report reveals that Filipinos are now pessimistic on the economy

Twitter working on abuse transparency report initiative

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:26 AM

Jack Dorsey: 'We do intend, and this will be an initiative this year, to create a transparency report that will make that data more public so that all can learn from it and we can be held public accountable'

DORSEY IN THE HOUSE. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey takes his seat as he arrives for a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Toilet paper problem solved at Senate – COA

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Senate has removed excess items in its inventory, including rolls of toilet paper

COA to Sandiganbayan: Why purchase 10 new SUVs?

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The Commission on Audit flags the purchase in 2017 of the 10 SUVs after finding 10 cars in the court’s inventory listed as 'idle or defective'

Panelo says 'simple' to get drug war reports via FOI. It's not.

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) Even the Supreme Court could not automatically get the drug war documents. Solicitor General Jose Calida said it is a risk to national security.

DRUG WAR REPORTS. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says it is "simple" to obtain drug war reports through the Freedom of Information (FOI). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

UN probe reports possible 'war crimes' by all sides in Yemen conflict

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In its first report, a team of UN-mandated investigators said they had 'reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law'

ARMED FORCES. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. File photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Overall mobile data speeds in PH have notably improved – report

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:51 AM

OpenSignal reports that in the last 6 months, Globe’s average overall download speed increased 14% to 5 Mbps while Smart grew 29% to 7.5 Mbps

KBP reprimands RJ Nieto for 'personal attack' vs Rappler reporter

Aug 23, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The broadcast media organization also orders the owner of DWIZ radio station to explain why Nieto goes on air even when he does not have KBP accreditation

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Facebook assigns users a 'reputation score' to counter false reports

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by users

FACEBOOK. The logo of social networking website 'Facebook' is displayed on a computer screen. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP


Gov’t lost P2.6B in Caraga mining royalties from 2012-2016

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends crafting a law that would impose royalties on mining companies that operate outside of Mineral Reservation Areas or MRAs

MINING ROYALTIES. The Commission on Audit says the government should have charged royalties from mining companies that operated outside of Mineral Reservation Areas.

COA hits Tesda for giving P15M to ghost scholars

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:43 PM

(UPDATED) State auditors say the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority failed to verify the identities of 580 scholars supposedly enrolled at the AMA Computer College’s Manila campus and the Technivoc Institute Corporation

Wanted: Filipino priest accused of sex abuse in U.S.

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Suspended Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes, who also admitted to financial irregularities, is believed to have fled to the Philippines

WANTED. Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes is accused of sexual abuse in the United States. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas

Scholars who didn't take science courses owe P6.8M to PSHS

Aug 21, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The COA report says the students come from the Philippine Science High School campuses in Western Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region

MONEY OWED. The COA says students from the Philippine Science High School who did not take science and technology courses in college owe the school some P6.8 million. Photo from Philippine Science High School

Not enough facilities for recyclable waste built in 2017 – COA

Aug 19, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Environmental Management Bureau only constructed 68 out of 225 materials recovery facilities

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

Lenovo posts 1st quarter profit as recovery continues

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'The Group remains confident in its core PC business, and aims to grow...without compromising on profitability,' Lenovo chairman Yang Yuanqing says

LENOVO. The PC maker reverses its fortunes, reporting good margins in latest earnings report. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


COA: PEZA, 3 other economic zones must pay back P664 million in illegal perks

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:41 PM

COA says only the Department of Budget and Management 'has the mandate to classify positions, determine the appropriate salaries for specific positions, and review the compensation benefits or programs of agencies'

DepEd to investigate COA findings on undistributed books

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:16 PM

The Department of Education says it will look into possible legal action regarding the 820,682 grade school learning materials found damaged inside the warehouse of private contractor Lexicon Press, Inc.

COA hits DepEd as textbooks worth millions go to waste

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:55 PM

The Commission on Audit finds grade school books damaged by water and other textbooks left undistributed

Can spreading gossip or hoaxes online land you in jail?

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM

It can, lawyers say, if the information you spread harms the reputation or the rights of another person

COA flags bidding of DOH Barangay Health Stations project

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:40 PM

State auditors cast doubt on the validity of the DOH's P8.1 billion project as it failed it comply with government procurement laws

QUESTIONABLE. State auditors question the bidding process of the Department of Health's Barangay Health Station project. Photo from COA report

NFA's diversion of funds to loans caused rice shortage – COA

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:47 PM

For state auditors, the NFA could actually do away with imports if it just uses the funds to boost and buy local rice

Newly imported NFA rice is back at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on June 26, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Apple quarterly profit leaps in 'best June quarter ever'

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:52 AM

Apple reports that it sold 41.3 million iPhones in the recently ended quarter, just shy of the 42 million figure anticipated by analysts

HISTORICAL MONEY. Apple flirts with a history-making, trillion-dollar market value based on its share price. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Apple inches closer to $1-T market value with earnings on the horizon

Jul 31, 2018 - 6:05 PM

A 7% rise in share price following the earnings report will make Apple the first trillion-dollar company

IPHONE. A customer touches the screen of an iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP


Nintendo first-quarter profits up 44% to $275 million on Switch sales

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'For Nintendo Switch, hardware sales in every region have been trending upwards since the video game expo, E3, was held in the US in June,' the company says in a statement

NINTENDO PROFITS UP. Kids enjoy playing tunes on a Toy-Con Piano as Nintendo of America hosts the ultimate family-fun battle where families compete in 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge during San Diego Comic-Con at Marriott Marquis & Marina on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nintendo/AFP

Samsung Electronics posts $9.9-B Q2 net profit, down 0.1%

Jul 31, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Slower global sales of premium smartphones this year are partly to blame for dip

GALAXY S9. The physical design of the S9 didn't change much from the S8. Screenshot from Rappler video


COA hits delays in P12-billion irrigation projects

Jul 29, 2018 - 7:05 PM

State auditors blame 'inadequate planning' and 'inefficient' performance for the non-completion of 436 irrigation projects in 2017

Rappler CA decision, Arroyo on elections, Gilas update | Evening wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

Trump and CNN: A quarrel that's both good and bad

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The US President has long had a contentious relationship with the media, branding mainstream outlets an 'enemy of the American People' and dismissing unfavorable coverage as 'Fake News'

MEDIA HATER. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Rappler SEC ruling, Bangsamoro, Facebook shares drop | Midday wRap

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Facebook's $100-B market loss: What's in it for you?

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:21 AM

It's the biggest wipeout in stock market history

PRESSURE COOKER. After government pressure and public outcries, Wall Street adds pressure to social media giant. The company is now looking ahead at a cloudier financial future that threatens to end its years-long breakneck growth pace. How will it respond? File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Amazon quarterly profit jumps 12-fold to $2.5B

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:43 AM

The e-commerce giant reports earnings that are in stark contrast to social media giant Facebook which saw massive stock market losses

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by Ryder/AFP


Ombudsman Martires, shading threshold, Cesar Montano | Evening wRap

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Paterno Esmaquel