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Cabinet goes all out for DAP

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ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN  Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, flanked by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (left) and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan (right), defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional, at the Senate finance committee hearing on Thursday. Behind them are other Cabinet members in the VIP gallery.  RICHARD A. REYES

With a little help from Senate President Franklin Drilon and other administration senators, Cabinet officials on Thursday tried to convince the Senate finance committee that President Aquino was not “ill-advised” on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and that the economic stimulus plan that the Supreme Court had struck down had a legal basis.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

SC rejected Abad offer to use ‘pooled savings’

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The Supreme Court earlier this year rejected Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s offer of “pooled savings” to augment the judiciary’s capital outlay for 2013 just after Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno withdrew a request to transfer P100 million from the justice department’s budget to the judiciary.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

AFP chief urges soldiers to defend DAP to family and friends

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After telling his troops on Tuesday to stay out of the debate on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines told them on Thursday to defend President Aquino’s economic stimulus plan that the Supreme Court struck down three weeks ago.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC: BIR chief’s request for justices’ SALN has no sufficient basis

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The Supreme Court. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

We’re not hiding anything.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No one can compel SC to release SALN—Escudero

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Senator Chiz Escudero. ARNOLD ALMACEN/INQUIRER

No one can compel the Supreme Court to release to the public copies of the statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALN) of its justices and officers and employees of the judiciary, a senator said on Thursday.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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