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Cabinet goes all out for DAP

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 »

DAP: 900 Saros for lawmakers

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

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a thousand Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) to facilitate the release of funds to the spending agencies for its Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) from 2011 to 2013, the Philippine Daily Inquirer has learned.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Trillanes backs emergency powers for Aquino in dealing with energy crisis

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Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Sunday said Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla should urge President Benigno Aquino III to back the measure that would give the chief executive emergency powers to address the looming energy supply crisis and put in place lasting solutions.

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

No ‘resbak’ in bill to amend judiciary’s discretionary fund—Fariñas

Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas. http://www.congress.gov.ph/

“This is not ‘resbak’ (revenge).”

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino urged to stop rice imports, impose price control while raiding rice hoarders


Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares urged President Benigno Aquino III to stop the importation of rice and implement price control on the staple to stymie the rice cartel.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »