LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has been allocated zero budget for its capital outlay under its P2.16 billion budget for 2014, Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon said on Wednesday. Biazon made the disclosure when the Customs bureau sought the approval of the House Committee on Appropriations for its 2014…

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to impose tighter rules in releasing the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers, according to DBM Secretary Florencio Abad. Abad made the disclosure when he faced members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of…

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The government should revoke all the franchises of public utility buses (PUBs) and jeepneys to eradicate illegally operating vehicles and minimize traffic, an administration lawmaker said Tuesday. Rep. Joselito Mendoza of Bulacan made the call under his House Resolution 165 which tasks the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to…

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With three typhoons expected to hit the country this month, a lawmaker has proposed to move the opening of the school year to September from June. Actress and Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla made the push under her House Bill 104, which changes the school year to September to May from June…

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World boxing champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has shelved his dream of becoming president, at least for now. In a statement released by his office on Tuesday, the Sarangani lawmaker said that he dreams of having a broader reach and serving the people with a greater impact. “My thoughts on the…

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At least 34 electoral protests have been filed before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) since Congress opened its regular session on Monday. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said the 34 protests include the cases filed against Dr. Angelina Tan of the Fourth District of Quezon and Marindique Rep. Regina…

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A party-list lawmaker from Mindanao appealed to her colleagues in Congress to backstop the measure creating a Bangsamoro region. Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman of Anak Mindanao party-list made the appeal following President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s statement in his State of the Nation Address underscoring that the agreement between the Aquino…

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MalacaÑang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino’s stand on constitutional amendments has not changed even if measures have been filed in Congress seeking to amend some provisions of the Charter. “Whether it is economic or political amendments in the 1987 Constitution, President Benigno Aquino 3rd is…

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The Aquino administration spent over P5 million for surveys in 2012 or a year before the May 2013 elections, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported on Thursday. Based on COA findings, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) headed by Secretary Ricky Carandang spent P5,577,816.09 million for surveys—an…

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DESPITE the President’s repeated declarations opposing Charter change, Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., who is expected to retain his post as Speaker, filed on Tuesday House Resolution No. 1 which seeks to amend economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. The measure, titled Proposing Amendments to Certain Economic Provisions of…