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130,000 families still in makeshift tents in Tacloban

In November of 2013, a powerful typhoon devastated large sections of Eastern Visayas region, particularly the province of Leyte, killing an estimated 6000 people and washed away the homes of more than 200, 000 families. Despite a P75 billion fund […]
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DBM belies Lacson claims on lump-sum funds, DAP in 2015 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has belied former Senator Panfilo Lacson’s claims that this year’s budget contains over P400 billion in lump-sum funds, and a new version of the partially unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)....
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Bangsamoro block grant not ‘pork,’ BBL panel chair clarifies

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – What pork barrel? The chairman of the House ad hoc committee tackling the Bangsamoro Basic Law has disputed allegations that the block grant to be given annually to the Bangsamoro region is a form of […]
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Nancy Binay urges Senate to revive DAP probe

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Nancy Binay urged the Senate on Wednesday to continue its investigation into the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and hold those responsible for it accountable following the Supreme Court’s final decision declaring parts of the DAP...
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Cops get more cash incentives – PNP

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine National Police has completed the release of some Php 750-million representing the Performance Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of its 150,000 personnel. In his report to PNP Officer-in-Charge, Police Deputy Director General Leonardo A Espina, Police...
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Sin tax law fails to finance the universal health care program

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers have filed a measure calling for a congressional inquiry into the alleged failure of the government to allocate a big part of the revenue collection from Republic Act 10351 or the Sin Tax Law to finance […]
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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 […]