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COA clears past intel spending of Valenzuela, Pasay

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Commission on Audit lifts the notices of disallowance against Valenzuela City over intel funds spent in 2007 and 2008, and against Pasay City over intel funds spent in 2012

Duterte can still lose confidence in Espenido depending on intel

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As the Commander-in-Chief, law enforcement and intelligence agencies answer to Duterte

LISTED. Jovie Espenido talks to reporters after receiving a medal for his efforts on the administration's war on drugs in 2017. Rappler screengrab.

[PODCAST] Para saan ba ang P300M intel funds ng DICT?

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Bakit nga ba lumobo ang confidential funds ng DICT?

[EDITORIAL] Lumolobo ang intel funds ng DICT. Kabahan na tayo.

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:50 AM

The Honasan-Rio scuffle exposes the trend in bloated intelligence funds that support anti-people activities, including spying on private citizens

DICT's P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:59 PM

The DICT, under scrutiny for its questionable release of P300 million in confidential funds in 2019, gets an even bigger sum than the government's anti-drug agency in 2020

DICT's Rio, Honasan 'settle differences' over P300-M intel funds

Feb 07, 2020 - 5:46 PM

'My resignation has not yet been approved by the President. I could not leave my post until my resignation is accepted by him,' Rio tells Rappler in a text message

DICT's defense over intel funds 'deceiving and unbelievable' – Rio

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Former DICT undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr dares the agency to reveal the results of the P300-million confidential operation that supposedly dealt with cybersecurity threats

Duterte's office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:48 AM

The allocation is even higher than what is to be given to the police and the military

Duterte gov't wants to almost double Malacañang confidential, intel funds for 2020

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The Duterte administration seeks P4.5 billion for the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds, a P2-billion hike from the previously requested P2.5 billion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with some members of the cabinet on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Big chunk of 2017 intel funds spent by only 3 institutions – COA

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:25 PM

These 3 institutions are the Office of the President, the Department of National Defense, and Congress

Villarin worries over President’s P2B intelligence, confidential funds

Sep 21, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says at the House plenary that he hopes the more than P2 billion budget of the Office of the President for confidential and intelligence funds won't be used vs critics

DEALING WITH CRITICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018. File photo by REne Lumawag/Presidential Photo

These offices get a share of Duterte's P2.5B confidential, intel funds

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Office of the Executive Secretary lists down 5 offices likely to make use of President Duterte's large confidential and intelligence funds

Supreme Court ’nipped in the bud’ Arroyo’s plunder case – Morales

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Arroyo rises to the position of House Speaker, but she is not entirely in the clear because a pending case remains at the Ombudsman

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 3rd State of the nation address at the House of representatives in Quezon city. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Lacson seeks more scrutiny of surge in Duterte's intel funds

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:08 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte expenses up by 500%: Choppers, consultants, intel

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) Here's what the Office of the President spent on in 2017

HUGE INCREASE. Cost of the ASEAN Summit, financial assistance to soldiers, maintenance of presidential choppers and billions of intelligence funds make up the P500% increase in the Office of the President's expenses for 2017.

Duterte orders DILG 'audit' of mayors' intel funds

Jun 27, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is set to audit the confidential and intelligence funds of mayors to check how they have used this to fight crime in their areas

AUDIT ORDERED. President Duterte asks DILG to look into the spending of intelligence and confidential funds by local chief executivesa. Malacañang file photo

FACT CHECK: Misleading Aquino-Duterte comparison in 'pro-Roxas' page

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The figures listed in a graphic posted by the Facebook page "Oras Na, Roxas Na" make it appear they cover Aquino's entire 6-year term and Duterte's first two years. The amounts are from the 2016 and 2017 national budgets only.

Diokno on Duterte, Crime rate down, Tropical Depression Vinta | Evening wRap

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:09 PM

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Why intelligence funds require scrutiny

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In an ideal situation, it is Congress that should exercise oversight of intelligence funds

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III

Are Duterte's multi-million-peso intel funds achieving their purpose?

Dec 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Confidential and intelligence funds, by their nature, are difficult to audit. Given significant increases in level of spending on these items, should taxpayers simply trust that President Duterte is 'a good man'?

Ombudsman dismisses Negros Oriental governor over P10M intel fund

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Vice Governor Edward Mark Macias is acting governor of Negros Oriental

DISMISSED. Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo refuses to vacate his post despite a dismissal order against him. File photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

Ex-Bohol mayor has P1.2 million unliquidated intel funds – COA report

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:56 AM

A Commission on Audit report says former Anda mayor Paulino Amper has yet to liquidate part of his office's intelligence funds despite repeated COA demands since 2008

Drilon alarmed by 70% drop in housing budget from P15B to P4B

Oct 10, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes that the administration's intelligence funds be slashed to boost the 2018 budget of the housing sector

PUBLIC HOUSING. A government housing site in Pandi, Bulacan. File photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Done in 3 minutes! House panel approves OP budget

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:38 AM

The Office of the President breezes through a House committee hearing on its proposed P6 billion budget for 2018

China, Quiapo blasts, Sotto | Evening wRap

May 09, 2017 - 8:43 PM

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After Quiapo blasts, Senate creates panel to probe use of intel funds

May 09, 2017 - 2:27 PM

With a P5 billion intelligence budget Senator Panfilo Lacson asks why there is a failure of intelligence on the part of the military and the police

OVERSIGHT. The Senate is set to create an oversight committee to look into government's use of intelligence and confidential funds. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trillanes questions Duterte's P2-B confidential, intel funds for 2017

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:51 PM

If the Office of the President is unable to justify the need for the huge funds Trillanes says he will ask that the funds to be transferred to law enforcement agencies

DUTERTE'S INTEL FUNDS. President Rodrigo Duterte signs the guestbook during his visit to the Police Regional Office-12 Headquarters in General Santos City on September 23, 2016. Photo by Simeon Celi/PPD

EXPLAINER: Office of the President's confidential, intel funds

Sep 18, 2016 - 12:00 PM

With the Duterte administration's ongoing war against illegal drugs, how will these funds come into play?

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.

Drilon urges Ombudsman: Find ex-PCSO official vs Arroyo

Jul 21, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Rosario Uriarte being the general and vice chairman of the board at the time is the missing link in the evidence presented by the prosecution says Senate President Franklin Drilon

MISSING LINK. Senate President Franklin Drilon urges the Ombudsman to find a former PCSO official to testify on the plunder case against former President Gloria Arroyo. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

TIMELINE: Gloria Arroyo – from plunder to acquittal

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Here s what happened since a plunder case was filed against the former president in 2012 in relation to the alleged misuse of PCSO funds

WHEELCHAIR. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo enters the Sandiganbayan court in a wheelchair during a 2012 hearing. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

DND fails to account for P83M intelligence funds

Jan 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Almost the entire amount disbursed over 3 years were advances to officers and employees of the defense department says the Commission on Audit

CBCP backs people's initiative vs pork barrel

Aug 07, 2014 - 7:32 PM

The Catholic bishops urge people to propose legislation to stop the practice of appropriating of lump sums in the national budget under various pretexts

Graft court denies Arroyo's motion for separate trial

Aug 16, 2013 - 6:35 PM

Holding separate proceedings for former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s plunder case could delay resolution the graft court says

File photo of Former Pres GMA

Poll watchdog: We want Comelec intel data

Jul 30, 2013 - 5:10 PM

The Automated Elections Systems Watch wants the Court of Appeals to compel Comelec to reveal the intelligence data it gathered supposedly against the group

GMA, 9 others charged with plunder

Jul 16, 2012 - 5:37 PM

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who marks her first birthday under arrest, waves to the media after filing a "not guilty" plea in relation to alleged electoral sabotage last February. AFP/Ted Aljibe

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo faces a P366-million plunder suit in connection with the alleged misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds under her administration. In 2011, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probed allegations that Malacañang diverted PCSO funds for election purposes. In January 2012, it recommended the filing of plunder and technical malversation charges against the former president and former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte in connection with the distribution of P325-M in confidential intelligence funds from 2008 until the lead up to the 2010 elections. The Senate committee found that Uriarte was unable to produce receipts and other liquidation documents to justify the use of at least P244-M of funds released to her. The plunder case was filed with the Sandiganbayan after it was approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday, July 13. Besides Arroyo, nine other PCSO and Commission on Audit officials were also charged, including Uriarte; former PCSO chair Sergio Valencia; former PCSO board members Manuel Morato, Jose Taruc V, Raymundo Roquero and Ma Fatima Valdes; and former Commission on Audit (COA) chair Reynaldo Villar and former COA officer Nilda Plaras. This is the first plunder case filed against Arroyo.