By TJ Burgonio
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.
By Tarra Quismundo
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.
By Niña P. Calleja and Cynthia D. Balana
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.
By Maila Ager
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.