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…

‘I stand corrected’: PNP chief backpedals on COA remark

John Eric Mendoza 08/19/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — “I stand corrected.” This was what Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar had to say on Thursday, August 19, 2021, after his remark that the Commission on Audit (COA) should “revert to…

In rant vs COA, Duterte overlooks key element in war on graft—transparency

Kurt Dela Peña - Content Researcher Writer / @inquirerdotnet 08/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines—If corruption is a disease, U2 lead and activist Bono once said, the cure should be transparency. It has not been sufficiently explained, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s rant against the Commission on Audit (COA), the…

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…

Mendoza, former COA chief: Clean opinion is not proof of no irregularities

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/15/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A clean audit opinion is not proof that there are no irregularities in transactions of a local government unit (LGU). This was the explanation of Heidi Mendoza, former Commission on Audit (COA) commissioner…

Cebu City’s rice procurement, distribution questioned in COA report

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/15/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City’s procurement of rice for distribution to pandemic-struck households has been questioned by the Commission on Audit (COA) from the unqualified supplier to the unspecified beneficiaries. The COA notes that the purchase…

COA rules Cebu City still liable for 632 unqualified SAP beneficiaries

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 07/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Commission on Audit ruled that Cebu City is liable for the distribution of the Special Amelioration Program (SAP) to 632 unqualified beneficiaries from the city’s 80 barangays. In the Cebu City Annual…

Cebu City told to explain purchase of ‘overpriced’ KN95 masks

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Commission on Audit (COA) has told the Cebu City Government to explain the purchase of ‘overpriced’ KN95 face masks. In its 2020 Annual Audit Report for the fiscal year 2020, the state…

COA flags Cebu City’s purchase of P90M COVID test kits, machine

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/14/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – State auditors flagged down the purchase of RT-PCR test machine and kits, and Rapid Antibody Test Kits made by the Cebu City Government that amounted to around P90 million. This was contained in…

COA: Cebu province spent P3.2M in cash aid to LSIs

Morexette Marie B. Erram 07/13/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu Provincial Government spent around P3.2 million as financial assistance to Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, state auditors reported. The Commission on Audit (COA)…

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