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P12M in pork unused in Iloilo City–COA

The Commission on Audit has found a host of “red flags,” like excessive costs and unauthorized signatories, in the contracts of public works projects worth P16.9 billion that 12 contractors cornered in 2009 and 2010. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Even as defenders of the pork barrel insist on the necessity of the controversial legislators’ fund, the Commission on Audit (COA) found that the city government failed to implement projects bankrolled by the Priority
Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to P12 million.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

COA: P200M pork projects questionable


Roughly P200 million in pork barrel funds of a senator, seven party-list representatives and several allies of the Aquino administration that were coursed through the National Agriculture and Fisheries Council from 2012 to 2013 were awarded to dubious NGOs, the Commission on Audit said.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Aquino tells why he’s open to 2nd term

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III opened another vein of endless speculation when he again hinted at entertaining thoughts of running for a second term, telling leaders of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and their allies in Malacañang on Friday that he was “slightly open” to the idea of extending his term of office beyond 2016.

Posted: September 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Enrile, Reyes meet in court

‘ARE YOU COLD?’ Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and his ex-chief of staff, Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, talk during a lull in their arraignment on graft charges over the P10-billion pork barrel scam at the Sandiganbayan on Friday. Enrile asked Reyes if she was cold. Reyes was observed to wipe away tears while talking to Enrile with whom she reportedly had a romantic liaison. RAFFY LERMA

Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes could not restrain her emotions as she sat next to her former boss, detained Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, during their arraignment in the Sandiganbayan on Friday.

Posted: September 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Dancing health exec brings House (tensions) down


The atmosphere was taut; the debate was turning ugly; the lawmakers were at each other’s throats.

Posted: September 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »