Once a multi-million industry, whale-shark watching in Oslob took a nosedive in 2021

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/18/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Income from the tourism sector in Oslob, southern Cebu went into a nosedive in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic dragged on.  Based on the 2021 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit…

COA asks Oslob LGU to justify P1M purchase of medical supplies from ‘questionable supplier’ 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 06/16/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Oslob Municipal Government’s decision to buy P1 million worth of medical supplies from a questionable supplier. Based on COA’s 2021 Annual Audit Report for Oslob,…

Liloan town again earns ‘highest’ COA rating

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 05/28/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The local government of Liloan in Cebu once again earned the highest Commission on Audit (COA) rating. In a statement shared on the official Facebook account of Mayor Christina Garcia-Frasco, the lady mayor…

EJ Obiena gets ‘closure’ after getting cleared by COA on liquidation issue

Lance Agcaoili 04/16/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino star pole vaulter EJ Obiena has received clearance from the Commission on Audit (COA) to settle his liquidation issue with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa). Obiena posted a copy of…

93-1 Land Swap: Cebu City and Cebu Province form appraisal committees

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 04/07/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The ongoing negotiations for the 93-1 Land Swap deal between the Cebu City government and Cebu Provincial government has moved one step further to realization.  Councilor Raymond Garcia, majority floor leader of the…

Ombuds asked to probe P9M hazard pay given to Minglanilla brgy officials, employees in 2020

Doris C. Bongcac 03/22/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — The Office of the Visayas Ombudsman has been asked to investigate Minglanilla town officials on accusations that they allegedly malversed close to P9 million worth of their people’s money. Complainant Rolan Alamag, a…

PSC to post-audit Obiena’s liquidation docs as mediation collapses

Glendale G. Rosal 01/25/2022

  CEBU CITY, Philippines— The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will proceed with its post-audit process to verify the submitted liquidation documents from embattled pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena. This as the 26-year old Obiena, the…

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…

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