Councilor Garcia promises ‘happy Christmas’ to 93-1 affected residents

Dyrecka Letigio 10/09/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 93-1 land swap deal between the Cebu City government and the Cebu Provincial Capitol may finally come into fruition by the end of this year. The land swap deal has remained unimplemented…

Corruption scandals under Duterte: From whiff to helplessness

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 09/16/2021

MANILA, Philippines—The transition of President Rodrigo Duterte from tough talk to seeming helplessness against corruption was palpable. The President, who once declared he won’t condone even a “whiff” of corruption, has been drawn to saying “you cannot…

Duque ready to resign after clearing up COA findings

Catherine Gonzales 08/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Saturday said he will resign once the Department of Health’s (DOH) issues related to the audit report of the Commission on Audit (COA) are cleared. Duque said he…

A preview of Duterte as VP: Auditing COA, forgetting it’s not his job

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher/Writer / @CeBacligINQ 08/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines—I will audit COA. The statement could lead to several conclusions—lack of knowledge about constitutional duties, hyperbole bordering on a lie and bravado which one senator said was by now all too familiar. President Rodrigo Duterte,…

‘Winarak’ and the misuse of emotions

Anna Cristina Tuazon - @inquirerdotnet 08/25/2021

Something has been in short supply in public service lately — the capacity to take in criticism. Instead, we have been slowly getting used to defensive tirades and ad hominem attacks toward critics. It’s a dangerous moral…

VSMMC justifies hazard pay to workers not physically reporting to work

Derycka C. Letigio 08/20/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) justified its payment of P2.11 million to personnel not physically reporting to work during the pandemic as a humanitarian move for those who were quarantined after…

Ex-commissioner to Duterte: COA loves you, but this is not a cheering squad

Neil Arwin Mercado 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — While the Commission on Audit (COA) “loves” President Rodrigo Duterte, it is not in a cheering squad. Former COA commissioner Heidi Mendoza had this to say Tuesday after the agency received a verbal flogging…

COA also scores DOH ‘wastage’ of meds, supplies

Nestor Corrales 08/14/2021

The Commission on Audit (COA) has found that the Department of Health (DOH) had procured P95.15 million worth of medicines and medical supplies that were not being used because they were either expired, soon to expire or…

COA to Toledo City: Justify ‘extravagant’ travel, training expenses

Mae Fhel Gom-os 07/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Commission on Audit or COA has asked the officials of Toledo City in western Cebu to submit justification on their travel and training expenses which were classified as ‘extravagant’ expenditures. This after…

COA to Cebu City Mayor: Correct delegation of authority

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/21/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) has recommended to Mayor Edgardo Labella to correct the delegation of duties in his administration. This after the COA found out that the mayor has authorized the City…

Robredo welcomes senators’ call to probe state-sponsored troll farms

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 07/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday welcomed the call of senators to investigate allegations that public funds are being used to run troll farms. READ: 12 senators seek probe into ‘state-funded troll farms’ Robredo, a…

COA tells MCIAA to explain discrepancies in Runway Overlay Project

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/18/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) has told airport officials of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) to explain discrepancies they found on the Runway Overlay Project. COA, in its 2020 Annual Audit Report for…

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