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Escudero wants PDAF reallocation in budget


Responding to the clamor for the abolition of pork barrel, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Sunday suggested that Congress reallocate its P25.24-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the proposed P2.268-trillion budget for 2014 to specific items in government departments.

Posted: August 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Santiago sees plunder in 44 mayors’ letters

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Forty-four letters from mayors asking for the same multimillion-peso amount from the same funding source, with the money never coming, show a crime pattern that is reason enough to bring plunder charges, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Sunday.

Posted: August 5th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bill aims to stop ‘padrino’ setup

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In a quixotic attempt to curb the “padrino system” that she admits is not exclusive to the customs bureau, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill barring politicians from recommending individuals to any position in government offices across the country.

Posted: August 5th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

3 years on, breast-feeding law not fully followed

Senator Pia Cayetano. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Three years after the Expanded Breast-Feeding Promotion Act was signed into law, many commercial establishments and work places still have not put up lactation stations that provide privacy and comfort for breast-feeding mothers and their infants.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

What did Estrada tell his 2 boys in the Senate?

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Was there more than met the eye when Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada suddenly showed up Monday morning at a closed-door meeting between his sons, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito?

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Settle panel chairmanships before probes–Jinggoy Estrada

SenateJinggoy Estrada  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Don’t expect the next batch of senators to roll up their sleeves and begin a new round of investigations of current controversial issues immediately after Monday’s State of the Nation Address by President Aquino, a senator warned Sunday.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bill seeks more safeguards in awarding of public contracts

Senator Teofisto Guingona III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Amid the outrage over the questionable disbursement of some of his colleagues’ pork barrel, Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III has filed a bill that seeks to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act to restrict the awarding of public contracts to private companies.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lacson wants to be ‘long arm of law’ vs corrupt gov’t execs

Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson would like to head an anticorruption agency with its own operational capabilities and a law enforcement arm that would allow it to entrap government officials suspected of engaging in illegal activities.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Drilon, Recto, Cayetano seen to emerge leaders of next Senate

(From left) Senators Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto and Jinggoy Estrada: Expected Senate President, Senate President Pro Tempore and Senate Majority Leader, respectively. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate insiders expect a major overhaul of the chamber’s leadership once the 16th Congress opens one week from now.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lacson bares P3.5M ‘commission’ offer


Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson said a “representative” of the Department of Agriculture once offered him a P3.5-million “commission” if he signed a prepared letter authorizing the agency to use his name in using P5 million from its own budget.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘Reform SK, fight political dynasties at same time’

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

An administration senator believes the effort to reform the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) could be an opportunity to finally put the antipolitical dynasty law into action.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

LP senators Guingona, Aquino buck SK abolition, say youth need to be heard

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Senators Teofisto “TG” Guingona III (left) and Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV: No to SK abolition. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The youth need a forum to vent their concerns, two Liberal Party senators insist, shooting down suggestions to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) for turning into a breeding ground of corruption and political dynasties.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Comelec wants SK polls reset

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Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes: No basis. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections will formally ask President Aquino next week to direct the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections as a prelude to abolishing the local youth legislative councils, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Thursday.

Posted: July 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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