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His resignation bid may have been rejected by the President, but Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad still has a lot of explaining to do regarding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). The Senate, through the committee on finance, has directed Abad to submit a complete list of all the Special Allotment…

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RELIEF and humanitarian assistance being received by the victims of Typhoon Yolanda may soon be reduced as the national government shifts its attention to recovery and rehabilitation, according to Secretary Panfilo Lacson, head of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR). The decision, Lacson said, was made during the…

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IF reports were true that detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles dipped into Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds, then it would mean that Napoles’ claim that Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad was her “mentor” may have some basis, according to former senator Joker Arroyo. In a radio interview aired over dzBB, Arroyo…

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For not doing anything to prevent the sudden spike in the cost of garlic in the country despite adequate supply, the Department of Agriculture (DA) tolerated garlic traders’ price manipulation, the Senate committee on agriculture and food said on Thursday. Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the committee, said the DA…

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SENATORS were saddened when Sen. Miriam Santiago on Wednesday announced that she has stage-four lung cancer but they expressed optimism that the feisty lawmaker can overcome her ailment. Sen. Serge Osmeña 3rd said it was very sad news and he will pray that heaven will make Santiago whole again. Osmeña…

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A lawmaker over the weekend urged the government to automatically list fire victims as beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program to quickly and effectively mitigate the effects of such mishaps on affected families. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano believes that the government could do better in providing…

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DISSATISFIED with the failure of a transport agency to rid the country of private emission testing centers engaged in illegal activities, a lawmaker has filed a resolution asking the Senate to investigate whether there was still a need for them. Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino 4th called for an investigation…

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A proposed measure has been filed seeking to allow college tuition fees and related expenses as tax deductions from the gross income of an individual in a bid to help parents cope with the rising college tuition fees and enable them to ensure the college education of their children. Senate…

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MALACAñANG is just using Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva as a “sacrificial lamb” to convince the public that the administration has no sacred cows in the multibillion-peso pork barrel fund scam, lawmakers said on Monday. Reacting to reports that Villanueva will be included in…

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who may be facing arrest anytime now for plunder, advised President Benigno Aquino 3rd to tell it like it is in criticizing other people, especially his perceived political enemies who are “better public servants than him.” Revilla made the statement over the weekend, adding that…

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