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Recto urges bigger ARMM budget to pave way for Bangsamoro

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Senator Ralph Recto INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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