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Stress good in DAP, senators tell Aquino

President Benigno S. Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

When he addresses the nation on TV Monday night, President Aquino should focus on the benefits of the Disbursement Acceleration Program and stress that officials did not pocket the funds, senators said on Sunday.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

More senators disclose how they spent their DAP

(From left) Senators JV Ejercito and Sergio Osmeña III, and former Sen. Edgardo Angara. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

More senators disclosed details of their Disbursement Accelesration Program (DAP) projects on Wednesday.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Come clean on DAP, Escudero tells Abad

Francis “Chiz” Escudero: Abad’s job to disclose details. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

-Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero now wants Budget Secretary Florencio Abad to come clean on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) junked by the Supreme Court last week.

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

Lawmakers used DAP funds for own projects


Legislators earmarked a portion of government savings made available to them through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to projects of their own choosing, much like what they did in the old pork barrel system.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Senators ask why the price of garlic goes up, up, away

GARLIC TRADERS EARNING BILLIONS  Holding a string of expensive bulbs, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says the surge in the price of imported garlic from P17 to P300 a kilo could translate to a profit of P26 billion a year for traders. The P2-million penalty for price manipulation is not deterring them. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“Who is to be blamed here? Why did we allow P17 per kg to become P280 per kg? We have a Price Act of 2012 [that created] the Price Monitoring Council. The council should have acted on this. This is a case of very unreasonable rise,” said Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the agriculture committee hearing the spiraling prices of basic commodities, especially garlic.

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »