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Sandiganbayan admits major evidence vs. Revilla in ‘pork’ case

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The First Division of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Thursday admitted almost all of the evidence presented by the prosecution panel against Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. for plunder charges in connection with his alleged involvement in […]
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Lacson to Tacloban officials: Set aside politics, cooperate

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson is appealing to local officials in Tacloban, Leyte and other Yolanda-hit areas to set aside politics and cooperate in rehabilitation efforts. Lacson noted that Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez...
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House bill gives taxpayers option to allocate 5% of their income tax to charities, NGOs

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A bill giving taxpayers the option to allocate a portion of their income tax to charitable institutions and non-government organizations (NGOs) has been referred for committee deliberation in the House of Representatives. House Bill 5113 authored by […]
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Chiz on zero-based budgeting approach: I don’t see it happening

Senator Chiz Escudero said he was dubious about the zero-based budgeting (ZBB) of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and feared that government agencies were unable to comply with the budget approach put in place in 2010 by the […]
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COA returns P65.1 million in DAP funds to the treasury

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Commission of Audit (COA) recently returned to the national treasury the P65.1 million in Disbursement Acceleration Program funds it received from the Department of Budget and Management in 2011. In a chance interview after a forum […]
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DBM releases P1.6B for CALA right-of-way acquisitions

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.6 billion to partially cover right-of-way acquisitions and contract services for the Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway project. The initial budget to jump-start the project was taken out of the […]
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Comelec chief: No budget for new PCOS machines for 2016 polls

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will no longer purchase new Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for the 2016 local and national elections, its chairman said Tuesday, citing budgetary constraints. During the hearing of the […]
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Rehab Czar Panfilo Lacson submits ‘Comprehensive (P170.9 B) Rehab Plan’ to Pnoy

On a leisurely weekend evening, I happened to have watched broadcast colleague Karen Davila’s “Headstart” Program on TFC on her very enlightening interview with Rehab Czar Panfilo Lacson. During the interview, Ms. Davila asked Mr. Lacson on the update of his […]
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Abad letter to Speaker Belmonte defines ‘savings’ in controversial DAP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Four days after President Benigno Aquino III delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address last July 28 where he asked Congress to clarify the meaning of “savings” in the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program, Budget Secretary Florencio […]
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DPWH to build P1.73-B water supply projects in 30 tourism areas: Singson

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Aimed at further boosting the country’s tourism industry, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will commence this year the implementation of Tourism Water Supply Infrastructure Program (TWSIP)to provide potable water supply to 30 waterless tourism...
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