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Lawmakers’ projects in 2015 budget not ‘pork’—Escudero

Sen. Francis Escudero. FILE PHOTO

The inclusion of projects identified by lawmakers in the 2015 national budget does not constitute a return to the pork barrel system but is an exercise of the lawmakers’ power of the purse, according to Sen. Francis Escudero.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Mejorada points out Iloilo Center violations to Senate

Former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada. NOY MORCOSO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Former Iloilo Provincial Administrator Manuel Mejorada on Thursday insisted there were irregularities in the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) because the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Tourism allowed Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. to make changes in the design before it was awarded the contract.   In a memorandum […]

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

UNA exposé vs Mercado doesn’t clear Vice President Binay

Ernesto Mercado

Allegations that former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado amassed ill-gotten wealth and used dummies do not necessarily negate his corruption accusations against his erstwhile ally, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV said on Thursday.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Senate hikes tax exemption for bonuses up to P82,000

Sen. Sonny Angara: Bill sponsor. INQUIRER file photo

The Senate has approved on second reading a bill that would allow more workers to enjoy their Christmas bonuses in full by raising the tax exemption cap for the 13th month pay and other benefits from P30,000 to P82,000.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

COA chief wonders why Makati school project hit P1.3B

OCULAR INSPECTION The ocular inspection of the allegedly overpriced Makati
Science High School Building on Kalayaan Avenue,Makati City, on Saturday conducted
by Senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Makati City originally pegged the construction of its 10-story Makati Science High School building at P348.669 million, but the cost ballooned over six phases and reached P1.3 billion, Commission on Audit (COA) Chair Grace Pulido-Tan said on Tuesday.

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »