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Abad: Budget free of pork

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad insisted Tuesday that the proposed national budget for next year was free from pork barrel, despite Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s allegation that it included P37.3 billion in lump-sum appropriations.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

In FOI bill, SC justices not exempted from releasing SALN

Hon. Gutierrez, Ibarra "Barry" M. III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.congress.gov.ph

Even Supreme Court (SC) justices will not be spared by the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill once it is passed in Congress.

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

Obama’s immigration orders will protect 5 million

President Barack Obama speaks during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

President Barack Obama invited a showdown with newly empowered Republicans in Congress, ordering far-reaching changes to the US immigration system that will protect nearly 5 million people from deportation while testing the limits of his presidential powers.

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

House expected to OK emergency powers for Aquino

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: No hurdles. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II

The minority may offer some resistance but the House of Representatives is expected to approve by a large margin next week the grant of special powers for President Aquino to address the projected energy shortfall next year.

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

FOI: ‘More restrictions than access’


The freedom of information (FOI) bill is one step closer to passage with the consolidation of its 24 different versions at the House of Representatives, but one of the authors has cried foul over its restrictive passages.

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