JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, TMT

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WITH three of the country’s top rice-producing provinces left in a wreck by Typhoon Santi onslaught, the rice supply in the country is on the brink and could possibly lead to food crisis if the government fails to take decisive steps. Sen. Loren Legarda last week warned of a situation…

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THE Senate will use all options available to abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) since it is the only way for Congress to win back the people’s trust, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon. “Under my watch as Senate President, reforms will start with the immediate abolition of PDAF…

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THE judiciary should allow itself to be investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) just like the legislature, which has commenced and facilitated a probe on the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam. Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar made the call following reports about an influential Supreme Court (SC) operator…

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SEN. Loren Legarda warned on Thursday that a single typhoon directly hitting the country could lead to food crisis similar to the 1995 debacle if the government fails to tackle the rice supply issue based on the recommendations of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Economic and Development…

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SEN. Loren Legarda on Tuesday called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to immediately act on the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regarding additional rice imports before rice prices hit levels that would make it unaffordable to common people. At the same time Legarda, who finds…

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THE Malampaya gas drilling project has generated a total of P170 billion in revenues for the government since it started in 2000, but the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is clueless as to where a P130-billion chunk of it went, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto. Recto on…

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THE country is likely to suffer a deficit of as much as 1.4 million metric tons (MT) of the rice despite production rebounds in the fourth quarter of the year according to the memorandum issued by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). The memorandum recently bared by Sen. Loren Legarda, clearly…

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THE Philippines may suffer the same fate as Haiti, Burma and Guinea if the government fails to prosecute legislators and influential individuals implicated in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, Sen. Miriam Santiago warned on Friday. Speaking during the 50th anniversary of the Colegio de Santa Rosa in Makati City, Santiago…

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THE National Food Authority (NFA) was criticized on Monday for using the country’s rice shortage to justify additional importation of rice into the country this year, a move that could be “beneficial” to the official of the NFA and not the public. This was revealed by activist-lawyer Argee Guevarra, following…

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TWO more senators are likely to be included in the second batch of complaints the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will file in connection with the misuse of the legislative Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), according to former senator Panfilo Lacson. Lacson on Sunday said that based on the information…

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