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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. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  5. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  6. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  7. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  8. Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  9. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  10. Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


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