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Palace denies enlisting Congress’ help vs SC

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda: Clarification needed. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

What is President Aquino up to in seeking a joint congressional resolution clarifying certain “definitions and ideas” in light of the Supreme Court’s decision against his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)?

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t workers lost bonuses to DAP


Hundreds of thousands of state workers were deprived of salary increases and modest bonuses when the Department of Budget and Management shifted their benefits to projects funded by the Disbursement Acceleration Program over the last three years.

Posted: July 31st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Controversial DAP backed, hit

Lanao del Sur Gov. Mamintal Adiong: Muslims fully support DAP.  SCREENGRAB from www.lpp.gov.ph

Opposition lawmakers continued to throw brickbats at Malacañang’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) although a local government leader in Muslim Mindanao came to its defense.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace files most famous appeal in PH history

Members of a militant youth  group troop outside the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and burn photos of DBM Secretary Butch Abad as they call for his and President Benigno Simeon Aquino's resignation and hold them accountable for the misuse of public funds. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Below are excerpts from the Solicitor General’s motion for reconsideration in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) case, whose filing was announced by President Aquino in a televised address to the nation on July 14.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

President must quit playing lawyer; the country needs a statesman

President Benigno Aquino III  AP FILE PHOTO

We must rise above the din of partisan maneuvering and see that what rages today is not just a contest among political titans but a clash between two competing bases of legitimacy.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »