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Sona most crucial for Aquino, say solons

A protester holds a mask of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III while shouting slogans during a rally near his residence Sunday, July 27, 2014 at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Aquino is expected to deliver his State-of-the-Nation address on Monday, the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) or the allocation of funds or savings by the government to finance various programs or projects which is under the discretion of the president and was declared in part as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. AP

Will it be all gloves off or all apologies for President Aquino in his penultimate State of the Nation Address (Sona)?

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers slam DAR over delayed salary of gov’t employees

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio. PHOTO from congress.gov.ph

Militant lawmakers blasted the Aquino administration, on Sunday, for having billions of pesos for “hacienderos,” but no money for the salaries of 9,000 Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) employees.

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

Aquino allies told: Stop ‘blindly’ defending him


A party-list lawmaker who endorsed one of several impeachment complaints against President Aquino appealed to the members of the House of Representatives to stop “blindly defending the President” and to read the charges first before shooting them down.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Militant groups to Palace: Give us details on DAP

DBM list

Militant groups on Wednesday slammed President Benigno Aquino and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for continuing to stonewall on giving full details on fund releases under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), specifically lump sum allocations to senators and representatives worth P17.4 billion.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Youth group vs Abad: He must go to jail

PLEASE EXPLAIN Budget Secretary Florencio Abad faces increasing demands from critics to resign for the alleged misuse of public funds. At right,members of militant youth groups hold a rally outside the DBM office in Manila on Tuesday. JOAN BONDOC

More than a dozen youth leaders led by Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon on Tuesday filed plunder charges against Department of Budget and Management (DBM) chief Florencio Abad, saying “a bad secretary must go to jail.”

Posted: July 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »