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Santiago: Senate budget version ‘wards off evil’

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday said she was satisfied with the Senate version of the national budget which had been amended to “ward off evils” that she warned against.

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

Abad: Budget free of pork

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad insisted Tuesday that the proposed national budget for next year was free from pork barrel, despite Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s allegation that it included P37.3 billion in lump-sum appropriations.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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

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

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 »

Senate tackles P2.6T budget as Escudero proposes new appropriations

Sen. Francis Escudero. FILE PHOTO

The Senate on Tuesday began plenary debates on the proposed P2.606 trillion national budget for 2015 focusing on the proposed P19 billion increase for the government’s rehabilitation and reconstruction program, among others.

Posted: November 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »