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COA finds P5B in unliquidated funds

COA chair Maria Gracia Pulido Tan. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The government’s chief auditor has vowed to file malversation charges against some 100 government officials over the nonliquidation of over P5 billion in state funds that were transferred to nongovernment organizations (NGOs).

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

COA: Cunanan, others accountable in pork scam

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SPOTLIGHT SHIFTS  Dennis Cunanan, director general on-leave of the Technology Resource Center, testifies during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the pork barrel scam while principal witness Benhur Luy is all ears.  RAFFY LERMA

Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General Dennis Cunanan and the heads of the other implementing agencies involved should be held accountable for their role in the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, said Commission on Audit Chair (COA) Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Heidi Mendoza: My only fault is I filed a case vs presidential wannabe

Heidi Mendoza

Commission on Audit (COA) commissioner Heidi Mendoza on Tuesday “begged” that the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) confirm her appointment, saying her only mistake was to pursue a case against who wants to become a president.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Jinggoy Estrada stalls Heidi Mendoza’s COA appointment

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was a no-show at the confirmation hearing of Commissioner Heidi Mendoza of the Commission on Audit (COA) on Tuesday but still managed to derail her appointment.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

COA sees more Davao Sur anomalies


The Commission on Audit (COA) has found more signs of irregularities in a project that was left unfinished here by a company partly owned by controversial businessman Cedric Lee, according to Gov. Claude Bautista.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

COA raps Rizal town’s use of Loren, Chiz pork

The Commission on Audit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The municipal government of Taytay, Rizal province, came under fire from the Commission on Audit (COA) for its questionable handling of some P10.48 million of pork barrel allocations from Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Loren Legarda and party-list Rep. Julieta Cortuna.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

COA uncovers P100 million in releases to questionable NGOs

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The Commission on Audit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA—More than P100 million in allocations for two senators as well as 20 representatives from the Priority Assistance Development Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program was  released by Philippine Forest Corp. to dubious foundations last year, according to a new report from the Commission on Audit.   In its 2012 annual audit report on Philforest released [...]

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Solon seeks inquiry into GOCC bonuses


A lawmaker filed a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for an inquiry on the Commission on Audit’s (COA) 2012 financial report, amid allegations that 31 government-owned and -controlled corporations were granted billions of unauthorized bonuses and allowances.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Belmonte: House must probe unauthorized GOCC bonuses

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Monday that the House of Representatives “ought” to launch an inquiry into the billions of bonuses and allowances for 31 government-owned and -controlled corporations deemed unauthorized by the Commission on Audit (COA).

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No funding given for COA execs’ car — Abad

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Thursday admitted releasing P143 million for computers and consultants of the Commission on Audit (COA), but not for cars of its officials.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

LGUs commit funds for relief, rehab operations


An unprecedented disaster needs an unprecedented response. And local government units have done just that through several joint initiatives, among them committing their calamity funds for the relief and rehabilitation of towns and cities hardest hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Visayas and adopting the storm-battered barangays as they get back on their feet.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pork went to NGO with shanty as office


Beneficiaries with no clear identities. A nongovernment organization (NGO) that held office in a shanty. A meeting held in a garage.

Posted: November 9th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Estrada confronts COA chief at Senate budget hearing

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada confronted and asked Commission on Audit (COA) chair Grace Pulido-Tan on Wednesday why they were being blamed for the transfer of their “pork barrel” funds to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs).

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

  1. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  2. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  6. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  7. Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  8. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  9. Thoughts on Holy Week
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


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  • 5.5-magnitude quake hits Sultan Kudarat
  • Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
  • Heavy traffic reported on NLEx, SLEx
  • Sports

  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • Business

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
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