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‘Pork’ still working for lawmakers

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad: There has always been political patronage. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad sees nothing wrong with lawmakers asking the executive agencies that received the realigned congressional pork barrel funds to help their constituents seeking medical assistance, scholarships and the like.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers dared to tell all on DAP

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Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon on Monday urged his peers to come clean and declare whether they received extra funds from President Aquino’s pork barrel, called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), before, during and after the impeachment of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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

Tiangco dares Abad: Present DAP ‘masterlist’

UNA secretary general Tobias Tiangco. FILE PHOTO

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Tobias Tiangco dared Budget Secretary Florencio Abad to present a masterlist of the allocations of the disbursement acceleration program (DAP) funds amid reports that these were used to bribe lawmakers to convict then chief justice Renato Corona.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Keep politics out of DAP issue – Abad

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Misleading and tainted with politics were how Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad described on Monday fresh allegations that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was used to sway lawmakers to impeach then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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 »

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 »

3 Cabinet members face raps over Malampaya funds

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(From left) Florencio Abad, Cesar Purisima and Rosalia de Leon: Facing graft and malversation charges. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Three members of President Aquino’s economic team are facing graft and malversation charges before the Ombudsman for allegedly failing to account for P136 billion worth of royalties from the Malampaya natural gas project.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abad denies telling Revilla to convict Corona

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad: There has always been political patronage. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Contrary to the claims of Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad on Wednesday said he could not recall saying “Let’s help each other” to the senator during a meeting with President Benigno Aquino III regarding the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino sued for plunder by militant peasant group

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A member of a militant peasant group carries a “shoulder-load” of documents to back up a complaint of plunder against President Aquino for the alleged misuse of P125 million in the Malampaya Fund. The case was filed in the Office of the Ombudsman on Tuesday.  MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The militant peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) filed Tuesday a complaint for plunder against President Aquino, two Cabinet officials and 10 others in connection with the alleged diversion of P125 million from the Malampaya Fund to bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in 2011.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Good Governance summit opens, to take steps to ‘move forward’

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad: There has always been political patronage. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In an effort to “solidify the steps needed to move forward”, the government formally opened a three-day summit that seeks to do just that.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DBM scraps Saro system

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad: There has always been political patronage. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Goodbye Saros. The Department of Budget and Management announced Thursday the demise of special allotment release orders (Saros), which were faked last year as part of what it called a “well-established and highly coordinated racket.”

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace to wait for final SC ruling on power hike before deciding on subsidy–Lacierda

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang said on Monday it would wait for the final Supreme Court ruling on whether the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) committed grave abuse of discretion in allowing a P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power increase.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DBM ‘Xerox gang’ out to get Saro info–Abad

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The people behind the photocopying of original special allotment release orders could be interested in getting advance information on specific projects that have been approved for funding, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said on Thursday.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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