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Recto pushes for more senior citizen pensioners by 2015

Senator Ralph Recto. INQUIRER file photo

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto is urging the government to increase the number of senior citizen pensioners from the current 479, 080 this year to 770,804 in 2015.

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

Enrile, Estrada: We pocketed not even a cent from pork


In life as in everything else, you can only give what you have. Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile are not willing to give what they insist they did not have—notwithstanding testimony from whistle-blowers that the lawmakers pocketed hefty kickbacks from their pork barrel.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t allots P4B to rebuild markets, town halls in Leyte

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The government has earmarked P4 billion for the immediate repair and reconstruction of public markets and civic centers that were destroyed when Super Typhoon Yolanda tore through the Visayas more than two months ago, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Sunday.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

86% of 2014 budget now released to agencies—Aquino

President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III announced on Wednesday that some 86 percent of the P2.265-trillion national budget for 2014 has been effectively released to various agencies at the start of the year, in a measure intended to lessen “opportunities for corruption.”

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

Gov’t agencies that got funds told to set guidelines for services after pork abolition

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga. FILE PHOTO

The executive agencies that got money after the pork barrel funds of Congress were removed from its 2014 budget and then realigned to other government offices should come out with guidelines on how the public could avail of services or assistance, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga said on Wednesday.

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

Aquino signs pork-tainted budget

President Benigno Aquino III. AP

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday signed the P2.265-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2014, a figure lower by P3.2 billion than what he had proposed in July.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PDAF scholars can still get funds, says legislator

House appropriations chair Rep. Isidro Ungab: Budget assurance. Photo from congress.gov.ph

Scholars dependent on the now-scrapped pork barrel need not despair. According to House appropriations chair Rep. Isidro Ungab, they still have a chance to receive funding for their education under the 2014 national budget.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House ratifies P2.2T budget for 2014

House of Representatives. FILE PHOTO

The House of Representatives on Monday ratified the P2.264 trillion 2014 budget, which contains the much-needed P100 billion rehabilitation and reconstruction fund for calamity-stricken provinces.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Santiago hits P800M Ceza budget

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiiago INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Wednesday urged Budget Secretary Butch Abad to recommend to President Aquino the veto of the P800-million allocation for the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) under the P2.26-trillion national budget for 2014.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sans funds for condoms, budget is safe–Sotto

As far as Sen. Vicente Sotto III is concerned, the 2014 budget is “safe.”

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bicam OKs P2.26T nat’l budget


The bicameral conference committee on Tuesday passed a P2.264-trillion national budget bill, leaner with the deletion of P3.2-billion worth of pork barrel, but packed with more than P140-billion in lump sums for post-disaster rebuilding, calamity and quick-response funds, and related allocations.

Posted: December 11th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Solicitor General to argue for DAP before SC on Tuesday


The Supreme Court will resume on Tuesday the oral arguments on the Aquino administration’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), with Malacañang expected to mount a strong defense for its legality and constitutionality.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Escudero: Calamity fund not for Lacson to spend

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Senator Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The billions of pesos in calamity and quick response funds—at least the ones allocated by Congress—for the Eastern Visayas are not for the so-called rehabilitation and reconstuction czar to spend but will go to the line departments, according to Sen. Francis Escudero.

Posted: December 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

  1. Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  2. Name names, Lacson told
  3. Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  4. Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  5. Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  6. Ex-COA chief nabbed for plunder
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  9. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  10. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


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  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Sports

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  • Lifestyle

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  • Entertainment

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  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
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