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Join rallies vs China, Gazmin dared

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Makabayan bloc lawmakers have dared Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to join their group’s anti-China demonstrations after he chided activists for keeping mum on China’s claiming of islands inside Philippine territory.

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

83 lawmakers tied to agri pork racket

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Four senators and 79 representatives coursed a total of P1.7 billion of their pork barrel allocations during a three-year period through state-operated National Agri-business Corp. (Nabcor), with orders to funnel the funds to questionable nongovernment organizations (NGOs), official documents showed.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘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 »

Aquino has no plan to visit Arroyo at VMMC—Palace

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President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

President Aquino will not be joining the line of visitors to the hospital suite of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Not just yet.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC urged: Stop power rate hike

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The battle to stop the record power rate increase that Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) s charging 5.3 million customers is now in the Supreme Court, after six party-list lawmakers on Thursday asked the high court to stop Meralco from implementing the staggered P4.15 per kilowatt-hour rate increase starting this month.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

No basis to impeach SC justices over pork, lawmaker’s disqualification – lawyer

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Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The threat to impeach certain Supreme Court justices over two recent controversial actions they took would not likely prosper for lack of legal or constitutional basis, lawyer Romulo Macalintal said on Sunday.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

More plunder cases to be filed

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Lawyer Levito Baligod INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Plunder or malversation cases will be filed against more lawmakers in connection with the misuse of public funds using nongovernment organizations controlled by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and other similar racketeers, according to lawyer Levito Baligod.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Wider inquiry of pork misuse up

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The country’s chief prosecutors will begin to discuss on Friday how they will undertake the Supreme Court directive last week for the executive department to undertake a wider investigation of the misuse of lawmakers’ pork barrel, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Tuesday.

Posted: November 27th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino allies dismayed by SC ruling on pork abolition

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Administration allies were generally not surprised about the Supreme Court decision that declared the entire pork barrel system unconstitutional as they felt the magistrates merely bowed to the prevailing public opinion calling for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

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

Evardone asks Aquino to set up relief ops center for Eastern Samar

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Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone has appealed to the Aquino administration to take the reins in disaster-stricken areas in his province as municipalities and barangays have virtually collapsed from the sheer lack of resources and as the victims’ self-preservation instincts take over.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Surigao Norte lawmaker denies pressuring power coop

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Surigao del Norte Representative Francisco Matugas Photo from www.congress.gov.ph

A lawmaker who has been accused of interfering in a power cooperative deal here has been forced to issue a denial that he had tried pressuring a local power utility into buying overpriced generator sets.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

TRC director confirms lawmakers’ signatures genuine

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Technology Resource Center Director General Dennis Cunanan. PHOTO FROM www.dost.gov.ph

Contrary to their claims, lawmakers confirmed their signatures on letters they had sent to the Technology Resource Center endorsing dubious nongovernment organization, the head of the state agency has told investigators.

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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