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Recto urges bigger ARMM budget to pave way for Bangsamoro


Senator Ralph Recto called on the executive branch Wednesday to increase the preliminary figure of a P20.4-billion budget for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in 2015, its last year before it is replaced by the Bangsamoro autonomous regional government.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Last-minute pork spree by Arroyo bared

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s congressional allies, including at least three who are now key allies of President Aquino, spent a total of P10.6 billion on their pet public works projects and P3.9 billion to augment their pork barrel allotments during the last six months of her administration.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Pork barrel scholars’ to get P4B in grants


After worrying earlier how it could support the former “pork barrel scholars,” the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) can rest easy after receiving a record P4 billion for college scholarships for the next school year.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

P9M set aside for Aquino’s Malaysia state visit—Palace

President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

At least P9 million was set aside for the first state visit of President Benigno Aquino III to Malaysia on Thursday, Malacañang said in a statement.

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

In the Know: What is realignment?


Lawmakers are allowed to introduce amendments to the national expenditure program during the committee hearing of the appropriations bill and during floor debates, according to the Senate Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

9 senators realign P1.8-billion pork


Nine senators who had their pork barrel totaling P1.8 billion realigned to projects and the calamity fund in the 2014 national budget were well within their rights to do so, Sen. Francis Escudero said on Wednesday.   For instance, Escudero said, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was doing his job when he introduced an amendment to allot [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Less Saro, less red tape’

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

With the abolition of the special allotment release order (Saro), the Aquino administration will be hitting the ground running in 2014, Malacañang officials said.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

What Went Before: Discovery of fake Saros

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In October last year, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) launched an investigation of the special allotment release orders (Saros) issued in Cagayan Valley worth P161 million and in Western Visayas worth P77 million.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DBM scraps Saro system

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad: There has always been political patronage. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Goodbye Saros. The Department of Budget and Management announced Thursday the demise of special allotment release orders (Saros), which were faked last year as part of what it called a “well-established and highly coordinated racket.”

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 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 »

Senate OKs resolution extending validity of 2013 calamity funds


A resolution, extending the validity of this year’s calamity-related funds for another year, was adopted by the Senate on Tuesday.

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House OKs resolution extending availability of 2013 calamity funds

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The House of Representatives voted on Monday, to extend the validity of calamity and quick response funds for 2013 to the end of 2014, thereby allowing the government more time to use these amounts to rebuild calamity areas.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abad disowns signature on fake Saros

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr.  FILE PHOTO

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has disowned his alleged signature on the fake special allotment release orders (Saros) for P879 million worth of farm-to-market road (FMR) projects that the National Bureau of Investigation is looking into.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  4. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  7. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  8. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  9. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  5. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  6. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  7. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  8. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  9. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  10. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct


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  • Sports

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  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
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  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
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