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Abad’s wife shrugs off favoritism claim

Deputy Speaker and Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad: They forget my name

The Congresswoman wife of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has shrugged off allegations that she received more in government funds under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) because of favoritism.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

138 lawmakers showered with P8.8B from DAP

Former Cavite Rep. and now Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/LYN RILLON

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has identified 22 senators and 116 representatives, mostly members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and administration allies, who were showered allocations amounting to P8.8 billion from Malacañang’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) between 2011 and 2013.

Posted: September 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

House finally musters budget quorum

Philippine Congress. AP FILE PHOTO

The House majority fended off another attempt by Navotas Rep. and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Tobias Tiangco to delay passage of the 2015 national budget by successfully prodding most of the 290-member lower house to attend Monday’s session.

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

UP students to Abad: We won’t apologize

abad UP

So who manhandled who? The University of the Philippines student group accused of mobbing Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad after a forum on the Disbursement Acceleration Program last week said on Monday that it was their members who were pushed and shoved by the official’s “protectors.”

Posted: September 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

If I got DAP funds, I didn’t ask for them–Santiago

Miriam Santiago 2

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday said that if any funds sourced from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were listed as having been made available to her, she had not asked for these and that her office had received these “in due course.”   Commenting on reports that she was among the senators who benefited […]

Posted: September 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »