LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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A House leader has opposed the planned 148-hectare, three-island Manila Bay reclamation project, which would establish Manila Solar City, it was learned on Friday. Neophyte Douglas Hagedorn of Palawan, vice chairman of the House Committee on Ecology, noted that the proposed Manila Solar City reclamation project of Manila Gold Coast…

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The Aquino administration’s planned plunder case against prominent names in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam lacks documentary evidence, the opposition said Wednesday. House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan and Silvestre Bello 3rd of 1-BAP party-list made the criticism a day after it…

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THE House of Representatives has postponed the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled next month to October 2016. The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms agreed to postpone the SK polls through an 8-1 vote. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. batted for the deferment of the youth…

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The chronic absenteeism of elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials tops the list of reasons why the SK and Local Government Units (LGUs) across the country are in favor of postponing the SK polls in October, a Cabinet official said Friday. Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd of Department of Interior and Local…

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Local governments and Sangguinang Kabataan (SK) across the country are in favor of postponing the SK polls, which is set to be held in October, a Cabinet official said on Friday. Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) made the announcement when the DILG presented…

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THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday admitted that it has accredited 1,891 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) but maintained that these are not involved in any questionable transactions. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman made the disclosure when the DSWD presented its P78 billion proposed budget for 2014 before the…

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) was granted a P5 billion budget hike for next year despite releasing P44 million to a bogus non-government organization (NGO) ran by Janet Napoles. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala sought the approval of a P79 billion budget for 2014 before the House Committee on Appropriations, an…

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FORMER senator Edgardo Angara, who was recently named as one of the 12 senators who allegedly allotted portions of their pork barrel funds to questionable non-governmental organizations (NGOs), finally broke his silence and denied committing any wrongdoing in the use of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF). Angara, based on…

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The proposed 2014 budget for the Department of Tourism has been reduced by P788 million, it was learned Tuesday. Based on the Agency Budget Notes done by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department of the House of Representatives, the Tourism department has been given a P2.025 billion budget for…