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Solons got P5B in DAP during impeachment trial of Corona

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File photo of the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona at the Senate.The Aquino administration used P6.5 billion from the little-known Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before, during and after the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona to bend Congress to its will, two members of the House of Representatives have told the Inquirer. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Aquino administration used P6.5 billion from the little-known Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before, during and after the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona to bend Congress to its will, two members of the House of Representatives told the Inquirer.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DBM says ‘realignment’ of DAP call of 4 senators

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Sen.Vicente Sotto III, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. FILE PHOTOS

It may have released P370 million from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla Jr., Vicente Sotto III and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. between December 2011 and March 2012, but the “realignment” of the funds to Janet Lim-Napoles’ bogus nongovernment organizations was entirely the four senators’ doing, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Friday.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Abad welcomes NBI report on fake Saros

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Tuesday said it welcomes the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) report on those accused of creating fake Special Allotment Release Orders (Saros).

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P17.7B released for ‘Yolanda’-hit areas, says DBM

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This aerial photo taken on November 17, 2013, shows the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda near the coastal town of Tanauan, Leyte. AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Monday announced that it has already released P17.69 billion for the rehabilitation of areas ravaged by Super Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P720M bid for trucks, tractors questioned

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Negros Oriental Rep. Pryde Henry Teves: Overpriced. congress.gov.ph/

A farmer-lawmaker and local farm machine makers have cast doubt on the government’s recent bidding out of P720 million worth of tractors and trucks meant for agrarian reform beneficiaries, claiming it favored a specific supplier.

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘DAR advanced P300M to Napoles’

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DAR Sec Nasser Pangandaman. JESS YUSON

Janet Lim-Napoles received an advance of P300 million from a P900-million request by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for assistance to victims of tropical storms in 2009, according to official documents supporting a plunder complaint in the Office of the Ombudsman.   The documents were filed by the Department of Justice and the National [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

What Went Before: Discovery of fake Saros

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In October last year, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) launched an investigation of the special allotment release orders (Saros) issued in Cagayan Valley worth P161 million and in Western Visayas worth P77 million.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DBM Saro Gang unmasked

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has pinpointed some of the members of the “Saro Gang” alleged to be responsible for the photocopying of original special allotment release orders (Saro) to secure the release of congressional pork barrel funds for public projects.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

BIR urged to raise cap on tax-exempt 13th-month pay, bonuses, allowances

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Bureau of Internal Revenue building

Rank-and-file employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) are petitioning Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares to raise the ceiling of taxes levied on all perks and allowances, including the 13th-month pay.

Posted: December 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abad: COA used savings to buy cars

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The P143.7 billion the Commission on Audit received from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in 2012 didn’t go to purchase cars for COA officials, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad told reporters on Thursday.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P598-B funds from 2012 eyed for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation plan

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AP FILE PHOTO

Does President Aquino have to look far for additional funds for the government’s massive post-supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) rehabilitation effort?

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abad seeks speedy probe into fake SARO scam

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Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday was hopeful that the National Bureau of Investigation would finish its investigation on the fake Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) for the multi-million farm-to-market roads by November, a report from INQUIRER Radio 990AM said.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abad: Local officials prone to SARO scam

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad. INQUIRER file photo

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said Tuesday local officials who are unaware of budgetary processes are more susceptible to the scam involving the alleged release of fake special allotment release orders (SAROs).

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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