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Palace: We have more explaining to do

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Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Saturday said it was far from done clarifying the outlawed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), in reaction to a statement by opposition Sen. Nancy Binay that Budget Secretary Butch Abad still had a lot of explaining to do.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cabinet goes all out for DAP

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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN  Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, flanked by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (left) and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan (right), defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional, at the Senate finance committee hearing on Thursday. Behind them are other Cabinet members in the VIP gallery.  RICHARD A. REYES

With a little help from Senate President Franklin Drilon and other administration senators, Cabinet officials on Thursday tried to convince the Senate finance committee that President Aquino was not “ill-advised” on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and that the economic stimulus plan that the Supreme Court had struck down had a legal basis.

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

Senators’ suspension not penalty, says Drilon

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Since the preventive suspension of senators facing plunder or graft charges is not considered a penalty, the Senate has to comply with the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court’s directive to implement the 90-day suspension of its members once the ruling becomes final, two senators said on Wednesday.

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

Palace refuses to give info on 116 projects funded by DAP, eyes SC appeal

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A day after asking senators to account for funds they had received from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Malacañang rejected calls on Tuesday that it release its own list of 116 projects funded by the facility, which the Supreme Court last week declared unconstitutional.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace to senators: Account for DAP

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda: The DAP is good but all those who implemented it are criminally liable? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Smarting from the Supreme Court’s adverse ruling last week, Malacañang now wants senators to disclose where the enormous funds they had received from its purported economic stimulus package had gone to.

Posted: July 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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