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Palace: We have more explaining to do

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Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Saturday said it was far from done clarifying the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), in reaction to a statement by opposition Sen. Nancy Binay that Budget Secretary Butch Abad still had a lot of explaining to do.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cabinet goes all out for DAP

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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN  Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, flanked by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (left) and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan (right), defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional, at the Senate finance committee hearing on Thursday. Behind them are other Cabinet members in the VIP gallery.  RICHARD A. REYES

With a little help from Senate President Franklin Drilon and other administration senators, Cabinet officials on Thursday tried to convince the Senate finance committee that President Aquino was not “ill-advised” on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and that the economic stimulus plan that the Supreme Court had struck down had a legal basis.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Pork scandal blamed for low Senate rating

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Senate President Franklin Drilon: Money spend properly. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday blamed the pork barrel scandal that snared three senators for the chamber’s low satisfaction rating, even as he vowed to comply with the Supreme Court’s final ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino to address nation about DAP Monday

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President Benigno Aquino III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III will speak about his government’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program in a national broadcast on Monday ahead of his State of the Nation Address, Malacañang said Saturday.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Butch Abad ready to explain DAP, but needs clearance from Aquino

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DBM Sec. Butch Abad INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Buoyed by his boss’ vote of confidence, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad is now ready to face the public and explain the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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