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Lawmakers’ projects in 2015 budget not ‘pork’—Escudero

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Sen. Francis Escudero. FILE PHOTO

The inclusion of projects identified by lawmakers in the 2015 national budget does not constitute a return to the pork barrel system but is an exercise of the lawmakers’ power of the purse, according to Sen. Francis Escudero.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Santiago slams P37B pork

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago gestures during her privilige speech on Unconstitutional and other Aspects of 2015 Budget at the Session Hall of the Senate on Monday. INQUIRER PHOTO/NINO JESUS ORBETA

They want to keep their pork and more. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Monday cautioned lawmakers against trifling with the proposed 2015 national budget by keeping their “pork barrel” and agreeing to Malacañang’s declaring as savings at any time of the year at any stage any project the legislature had approved.

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Santiago quips: I ‘died, didn’t like it there so I came back’

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Senator Miriam Santiago INQUIRER.net/Noy Morcoso

“I’m the one who had cancer and died but I didn’t like it there so I came back.”

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

Santiago hits pork barrel, ‘savings’ definition in 2015 budget

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Senator Miriam Santiago INQUIRER.net/Noy Morcoso

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago took the floor on Monday to lambast the proposed 2015 national budget for containing “two dangerous minefields leading to corruption”—pork barrel funds and a new definition of “savings.”

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

Flavier called Drilon Mila’s lechon

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SENATE TRIBUTE  Senators attend the necrological service for the late Sen. Juan Flavier at the session hall of the Senate. From left, Gringo Honasan, Chiz Escudero, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Loren Legarda, Tito Sotto and Sonny Angara.  RAFFY LERMA

Sen. Juan Flavier spared no one from his ribbing, including Senate President Franklin Drilon whom he called “Mila’s lechon (roasted pig).”

Posted: November 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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