Benhur Luy arrives at Sandiganbayan for Revilla bail hearing

A principal whistleblower in the alleged P10-B pork barrel scam arrived at the Sandiganbayan early Thursday for the bail hearing of one of the respondents.

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Coup talk may be meant to countervail DAP issue, Arroyo ex-AFP chief says

The alleged destabilization moves against the Aquino administration purportedly stirred by retired military generals could be a ploy to counteract news about the Disbursement Acceleration Program, a former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said in an exclusive interview with GMA News on Wednesday.

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Abad continues defense of DAP, this time before business leaders

Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad again defended the administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), this time, before the business community, civil society groups and academe.

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Congress has the power to define savings, Speaker Belmonte says

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said defining savings would be the prerogative of Congress since the concept didn’t have a constitutional definition. He made the remark in the wake of President Benigno Aquino III’s call for Congress to pass a joint resolution that would clarify the definition of savings after the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional certain acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

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Senate will not yet implement Enrile's suspension

The Senate on Wednesday formally informed the Sandiganbayan that it will not yet implement the 90-day suspension order against Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile pending the anti-graft court’s final resolution on the matter.

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PNoy asks Congress to allow DAP practice struck down by SC

President Benigno Aquino III has asked Congress, through a proposed provision in the 2015 national budget, to legitimize the declaration of unreleased and unobligated funds as savings as early as by the end of the first six months next year. The practice of declaring savings before the end of the year was one of the acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

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PNoy asks Congress to legitimize DAP act with 2015 budget bill

President Benigno Aquino III has asked Congress, through a proposed provision in the 2015 national budget, to legitimize the declaration of unreleased and unobligated funds as savings as early as by the end of the first six months next year. The practice of declaring savings before the end of the year was one of the acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional.

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Senate approves four bills seeking to make post-HS education more accessible

The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading four bills seeking to make education more accessible to students, empower and ready them for the future.

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Jinggoy blocks move to transfer him to Camp Bagong Diwa

Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who is facing graft and plunder charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam, on Wednesday formally asked the Sandiganbayan to block his transfer to an ordinary jail cell.

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Over P500B in lump sum funds in P2.6-T nat’l budget

Lump sum funds will still comprise almost 30 percent of the proposed P2.606 trillion General Appropriations Act for 2015, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Wednesday. Abad said the special purpose funds (SPF), which critics call the President’s “pork barrel,” amount to P501.670 billion of the proposed appropriations for 2015. “I don’t think that’s too big an amount,” Abad said of the SPF, which includes such items as the President’s calamity fund and debt payments.

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