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House body seeks review of excise tax law on cigarettes


The House ways and means committee will review the new sin tax law, which has so far yielded lower than expected revenues and barely reduced the smoking population.

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

Drilon dares COA to file raps if DAP funds were misused

Senate President Franklin Drilon. PRIB FILE PHOTO

Saying it has become a necessary tool to spur government spending, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Tuesday that the government could not afford to do away with the multi-billion-peso disbursement acceleration program (DAP) despite criticism that the DAP was unconstitutional.

Posted: October 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DAP-funded projects legal, Drilon insists

Senate President Franklin Drilon FILE PHOTO

In spite of assertions by legal experts that the facility is unconstitutional, Sen. Franklin Drilon insists that projects funded by the controversial P72.1-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) should be considered initiatives of the Aquino administration although identified by lawmakers and therefore aboveboard.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace: DAP projects aboveboard, implemented by concerned agencies, not NGOs

Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

While senators requested P100 million for their pet projects in 2011, these projects were eventually executed by the executive department, Malacañang said Sunday.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

BOC reports collection deficit of P186.5B in 4 years

Resigned Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs, the government’s second largest revenue generating agency, incurred collection deficits of more than P186.5 billion between 2009 and 2012, a BOC report, a copy of which was furnished the Philippine Daily Inquirer, showed.

Posted: October 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace tells Carpio: We’ve junked PDAF

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. FILE PHOTO

As far as Malacañang is concerned, President Aquino has abolished the graft-ridden Priority Development Assistance Fund and that’s all there is to it.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

‘Congress should abolish ‘pork’ before SC declares it unconstitutional’

Sen. Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Citing Congress’ constitutional power of the purse, the chair of the Senate committee on finance said on Wednesday that he’d prefer Congress to abolish the pork barrel rather than have the Supreme Court declare the priority development assistance fund unconstitutional.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

P130B Malampaya fund intact—Bureau of Treasury

National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Treasury is substantiating claims by Malacañang that the more than P130 billion in Malampaya funds remain intact.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PSG got P248.3M from DBM’s DAP fund for Palace security cameras—DND


The military unit tasked with guarding President Aquino received P248.3 million from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to buy security cameras in Malacañang, the Department of National Defense (DND) said on Tuesday.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Only SC can stop gov’t from releasing money via DAP


The government has no reason to suspend its Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), with there being no legal impediment to it unless the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional, according to Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cordillera officials call for ‘truly equitable’ budget after PDAF

Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat PHOTO FROM CONGRESS.GOV.PH

The inevitable end of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has led legislators and technocrats back to the likely roots of the much vilified pork barrel -– an inequitable budget process.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abad saved PH from financial ruin in 2012, says Palace exec

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad can’t be “hounded out of office” by calls for his resignation over the creation of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Bigger, angrier antipork rally seen

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ANTIPORK CAMPAIGN.  Political activist and actress Mae Paner—aka Juana Change—of the Members of Scrap Pork Alliance invites bus passengers to join the Million People March @Ayala on Friday on Ayala Avenue, Makati City.  RAFFY LERMA

Don’t take us for fools. Groups calling for the abolition of the pork barrel are not convinced that it has been excised from next year’s P2.268-trillion national budget. Thus, a bigger and “angrier” crowd is expected to turn up at the Million People March on Ayala Avenue in Makati City on Friday.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

  1. Gigi Reyes back to face charges
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. In the know: Gigi Reyes
  4. SC suspends proctor in 2011 bar exams
  5. Senator Pimentel backs German think tank’s stand vs dynasties
  6. Bar proctor suspended for photographing test papers
  7. Collector Danny Garcia says Inquirer worth more than news
  8. Meteor shower to light up PH skies
  9. What Went Before: Enrile denies Gigi Reyes was ‘other woman’
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  7. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  8. Massive infra spending set
  9. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  10. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


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