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Confidential, intel funds difficult to audit – ex-COA chair

Sep 17, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The Commission on Audit relies on reports and submissions by government agencies to check the use of confidential funds, says former COA chair Grace Pulido Tan

TRANSPARENCY. The Commission on Audit relies on reports of government agencies on how they use their confidential and intelligence funds.

Ombudsman gets threat; still no COA report

Mar 11, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says It is doubly malicious to charge that a group was hired to demolish any candidate In fact it is the candidate’s team that has been trying to demolish me

FIGHTING CORRUPTION. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales says fighting corruption has been the 'reason' for her life. Rappler file photo

Will Drilon, Abad, Roxas be defense witnesses for Revilla in PDAF graft cases?

Sep 03, 2015 - 6:25 PM

Besides his colleagues in the Senate Revilla – in his 66 page pre trial brief – also lists cabinet officials of the Arroyo and Aquino administrations bank officials and 4 PDAF scam whistleblowers as possible witnesses

CHECK UP. In this file photo, Senator Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to have a medical check-up outside Camp Crame. File photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

Presidential lawyer is new COA Chair

Mar 25, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Michael Aguinaldo will serve as COA chairman until February 2 2022

NEW COA CHIEF. Michael Aguinaldo, an Ateneo professor, is the new Commission of Audit Chairman. Photo from Ateneo Law School

MILF surrender, MERS-COV free, Pacquiao-Mayweather | The wRap

Feb 20, 2015 - 7:44 PM

The MILF can’t guarantee the surrender of troops involved in Mamasapano A Filipina nurse diagnosed with MERS COV is in the clear Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight could be coming soon

Heidi Mendoza designated as COA OIC

Feb 19, 2015 - 5:47 PM

She takes over the post until the appointment of a permanent chairperson of the Commission on Audit

NEW DESIGNATION. COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza is named as the officer-in-charge of the Commission on Audit. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacanang Photo Bureau

#AnimatED: Challenges for next COA chief

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:22 AM

The new audit chief needs to balance between fighting corruption and enabling development

COA chief retiring: PDAF audit ground-breaking

Jan 22, 2015 - 9:01 PM

On accusations that the special audit report on the pork barrel scam only targeted opposition lawmakers Tan says: That’s a lot of B You can print that

GRACEFUL EXIT. Commission on Audit Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan shows the audit report  of Priority Development Assistance Fund during the press conference held at Commission on Audit (COA) head office in Quezon city on Friday August 16,2013. File photo by Ben Nabong

What did Binay tell Church leaders?

Nov 19, 2014 - 5:33 PM

The Vice President s camp says he accepted the invitation of the CBCP for a meeting but a Church source says it was the other way around

Binay condo, Imelda paintings, Uber shutdown | The wRap

Nov 18, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Is there a Michelangelo painting in Imelda Marcos’ office? At least 6 condominium units in Makati are allegedly owned by the vice president Lawmakers call for Uber’s shutdown

COA chief: ‘Red flags’ in Makati Science HS too

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido Tan also clarifies that contrary to the claim of the Binay camp her agency has not cleared the building

RED FLAGS. Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan responds to queries of senators at the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on alleged overpriced Makati City buildings on November 18, 2014. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Binay's Makati building overshoots approved budget

Sep 20, 2014 - 5:26 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Data show that total expenses for the parking building exceeded the originally approved budget for the contract ABC

COA decries massive budget cut for 2015

Sep 01, 2014 - 9:30 PM

The Commission on Audit asks for P838 million for capital outlay and other projects meant to ensure its independence; the DBM only approves P405 000

APPEAL. Commission on Audit officials face lawmakers in a budget briefing before the House committee on appropriations on September 1, 2014. Photo by Angela Casauay/Rappler

COA: ‘Many questions’ on Makati building

Aug 26, 2014 - 5:36 PM

COA chief Grace Tan says the lack of details in the phasing of the construction of the Makati building and the additional funding were questionable

COA AUDIT. Senators ask COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan to fast-tract the COA special audit into the allegedly overpriced Makati "parking building." Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

COA chief: No clearance for Makati building

Aug 20, 2014 - 1:02 PM

COA Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan also says dividing the project into 5 phases is a red flag

From cakes to buildings, Binays ‘overprice, chop-chop’

Aug 20, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Some senators question the relevance of the Makati government s birthday cake issue in its hearings on the controversial building though at least one senator believes it s a valid point

FROM CAKES TO BUILDINGS. Lawyer Renato Bondal presents assorted cakes to argue how the Binays allegedly overprice facilities and services. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Philhealth ordered to return P14M 'illegal' bonuses

Aug 17, 2014 - 6:38 PM

The Commission on Audit upholds auditors findings that the P14 million bonuses given to Philhealth Region 12 employees were illegal

COA reveals irregularities in DPWH projects worth P17B

Jun 10, 2014 - 4:37 PM

Auditors have found hundreds of projects anomalously awarded to and implemented by 12 contractors in several regions from 2009 to 2010

Palace: COA will be ‘fair and objective’ in validating Napoles claims

May 31, 2014 - 6:40 PM

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma says the COA remains an independent body


Youngest SC aspirant vows quick case disposal

May 30, 2014 - 7:07 PM

If appointed the young Hernando will serve in the SC for the next 23 years But he maintains he is not really that young

COA chief on SC nomination: PNoy can't control me

May 30, 2014 - 3:43 PM

Grace Pulido Tan says she wants to become SC justice even as she concedes she s familiar with the Court s set up only to the extent that the public knows it

Palace: Tan, Jardeleza 'qualified' for SC post

Mar 21, 2014 - 6:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda however says President Aquino will keep his distance from the SC nomination process until he gets the JBC shortlist

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Mar 17, 2014 - 8:50 PM

The COA will sue officials for unliquidated cash advances Crimea votes to join Russia Malaysian officials investigate the pilots of missing flight MH 370

After ‘pork’ scam, COA to issue new rules for NGOs

Mar 17, 2014 - 3:36 PM

COA DSWD DBM and DILG will come up with a consolidated list of NGOs that can receive government funds

COA: Yolanda relief ‘chaotic, crazy’

Mar 17, 2014 - 2:42 PM

COA Chairperson Grace Tan says There was really no one calling the shots doing coherent coordination

COA to sue 100 over P5B cash advance

Mar 17, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Billions of pesos are unliquidated by past and present government officials over a span of 20 to 40 years

Anti-pork barrel group to COA: Audit DAP projects

Feb 17, 2014 - 4:59 PM

The call comes a day before the Supreme Court is set to hear the last round of oral arguments on Malacañang s controversial economic stimulus package

STILL AT IT. File photo of COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan. Photo by Rappler

'3 Furies' probing Aquino allies in pork scam

Feb 08, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says 3 tough women are looking into the pork barrel scam

SEC lacks manpower, tech to catch bogus NGOs

Jan 31, 2014 - 1:22 PM

After explosive tales of billions stolen from public funds in the Napoles pork barrel scam it’s time to spot the loopholes plug the leaks and fix the system

'NOT ALL.' Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Teresita Herbosa admits her agency can't monitor all NGOs, saying it needs more manpower and a computer registration system. Rappler photo

COA to sue agencies for pocketing cash advances

Jan 30, 2014 - 2:37 PM

Despite yearly reminders from COA officials of agencies have failed to liquidate cash advances in the span of 10 to 15 years the COA chief tells senators

This time, COA targets PEZA

Jan 22, 2014 - 6:24 PM

The Commission on Audit orders officials and employees of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority to return P20 million in bonuses

UNLAWFUL STIPENDS. File photo of COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan. Photo by Rappler

#TalkThursday: Beyond Napoles, guarding public funds

Dec 05, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Rappler talks to DBM Undersecretary Richard Bon Moya and COA Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan on accountability for public funds

#BudgetWatch: Beyond Napoles, guarding public funds

Dec 02, 2013 - 5:46 PM

COA and DBM answer questions on accountability and transparency in this special BudgetWatch interview

#BudgetWatch Special #TalkThursday Edition: Beyond Napoles, guarding public funds

Can COA please be excused from budget deliberations?

Nov 28, 2013 - 11:19 PM

Confrontations with lawmakers has become a waste of executive time says COA Chair Grace Pulido Tan who is proposing a scheme similar to the automatic IRA

Abad: COA car not funded by DAP

Nov 28, 2013 - 2:18 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says only COA s computers and litigation experts were funded by the DAP

#TalkThursday: Beyond Napoles, guarding public funds

Nov 26, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Maria Ressa talks with Budget Secretary Butch Abad and COA Chair Grace Pulido Tan in this special edition of TalkThursday

#BudgetWatch Special #TalkThursday Edition: Beyond Napoles, guarding public funds

Estrada-Tan part 2: DAP funds used to buy COA car

Nov 26, 2013 - 12:23 AM

COA Chairperson Grace Tan admits she requested funds for a commissioner s car computers and hiring of consultants but didn t know these came from the DAP

Jinggoy grills COA chief: Why gang up on us?

Oct 16, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada tells COA chief Tan not to blame lawmakers for the implementation of PDAF funded projects

Tan, Morales and Briones and the men in their lives

Oct 10, 2013 - 10:40 PM

A forum organized by the United Nations asks three leading women how they push for integrity in governance and lead meaningful lives at the same time

Women 'pork' experts and the men in their lives

Oct 10, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Find out how the most visible women in the news nowadays relax and deal with their husbands

Malampaya scam worse than fertilizer fund scandal

Oct 03, 2013 - 6:00 AM

Janet Napoles is summoned twice to appear in a Senate probe in connection with the 2004 fertilizer scam but the political tempest then distracts the Senate from digging deeper

COA checking Palace's spending booster program

Sep 30, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Malacañang s release of the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP to senators and congressmen in 2012 is being linked to the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona

COA chair: Jinggoy's speech vindicates us

Sep 25, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Tan reveals Estrada gave her a call in July while she was in New York

COA: 2 more senators linked to pork scam

Aug 29, 2013 - 1:57 PM

The COA head refuses to name names pending the release of the commission s next report

Senate flipflops, decides to probe pork barrel scam

Aug 20, 2013 - 1:09 PM

The first hearing is scheduled for Thursday August 29 as the chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee decides the COA report is enough basis to proceed

PROBE. Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman TG Guingona decides to push through with the probe into the pork barrel scam. File photo from Guingona's Facebook account

P6-B PDAF misused; 192 solons tagged

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:11 PM

Chief auditor Grace Pulido Tan on the extent of corruption: Kung si Cardinal Tagle ay napaluha ako ay napahagulgol

Napoles NGOs got P2.1B in ‘pork’ – COA

Aug 16, 2013 - 2:18 PM

Of the total PDAF misused by questionable NGOs a third went to those linked to fugitive Janet Lim Napoles


Enrile: Reports on pork selective, incomplete

Jul 15, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Enrile says the COA must release its full report on the pork barrel to avoid allegations it is used for politics

'LEGALLY QUESTIONABLE.' Resigned Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile says the plan to give US and Philippine allies greater access to Manila's bases may violate the Constitution. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Miriam to COA: Enrile abused discretion

Jan 22, 2013 - 11:44 AM

Sen Santiago again writes to COA to insist Enrile abused his discretion in selectively releasing Senate funds

COA: Enrile has power over Senate funds

Jan 10, 2013 - 7:45 PM

COA chair Grace Pulido Tan says the law gives Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile power over the use of Senate savings