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Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd over the weekend said that it is time     for the Department of Agriculture (DA) to undergo an overhaul because of several anomalies involving its transactions which are now the subject of separate probes conducted by Congress and the Department of Justice. According to Pimentel,…

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SEN. Loren Legarda remains unconvinced with claims of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the national Food Authority (NFA) that rice prices would stabilize after the country’s lean season as she demanded explanation from the agencies why rice prices remains high. Legarda noted that despite of assertion last week of…

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The Senate on has approved on second reading the proposed measure seeking postpone the scheduled Sangguniang Kabataan elections this October. With only one committee amendment, Senate bill 1186, proposed by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., made it to the second reading Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled for the final reading next…

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A lawmaker on Tuesday expressed dismay over the failure of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) to keep rice prices stable, rather than blame the weather for the recent price adjustments. Sen. Loren Legarda, chair of the Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and…

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THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has no evidence that legislators received kickbacks from the release of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel to their chosen non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, Blue Ribbon chairman, said the panel has yet to establish if the funds received by…

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago wants her colleagues implicated in the misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) charged with plunder and jailed for life. Santiago on Wednesday warned that the pork barrel scam could trigger destabilization moves against the Aquino administration if the government fails to punish government officials,…

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THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said it has enough evidence to pin down Leah Cruz, the woman it describes as the Department of Agriculture’s “version” of Janet Lim-Napoles. Dante Jimenez, founding chair of the VACC, said his group has the documents and witnesses to support its allegations against…

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The Commission on Appointment (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the promotion of 48 military officers headed by General Emmanuel Bautista, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and the ad-interim appointment of 16 foreign affairs officials. The confirmation of Bautista as four star general and chief of…

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THERE is a big chance that the Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled in October will not push through, according to Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Marcos said that there is a consensus from the national government and other concerned parties to postpone the SK polls until Congress is able to address…

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OF the four senators mentioned by chair Grace Pulido Tan of the Commission on Audit (COA) as having allocated their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to seven bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to Janet Lim Napoles, only senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile is willing to be questioned by his…

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