Porky Chiz

Former Senator Panfilo Lacson did a good job of unmasking the true character of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Lacson has castigated Escudero for being silent about the existence of a P426 billion in pork barrel lump sum and discretionary funds inserted in the 2015 national...

Chiz says Coast Guard budget provides for more safety inspections to reduce sea mishaps

Senator Chiz Escudero reminded the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) of the “promissory note” attached to its P5.6 billion budget this year that it would step up safety inspections of sea vessels and cut down mishaps by the country’s 9,574-strong merchant fleet. Escudero, who chairs...

SC seeks gov’t side on plea vs. 2015 national budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has ordered the executive and legislative branches of the government to comment on a petition seeking to declare as unconstitutional the P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget. The SC Public Information Office on Wednesday said “the Court...

SC asked to declare P2.6-trillion 2015 national budget unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A former Iloilo congressman has once again asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget which was approved by President Benigno Aquino III earlier this week. In a 20-page amended petition, former Iloilo...

Bicam approves proposed P2.6-T national budget for 2015

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In a meeting that lasted less than five minutes, the bicameral conference committee on Wednesday approved the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget. In an interview with reporters, Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the finance committee, said the...

Drilon: SC’s DAP ruling had ‘chilling effect’ on gov’t spending

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Tuesday urged economic managers to accelerate government spending, noting the “chilling effect” of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional. During Tuesday’s...

Aquino gets DAP-like powers in 2015 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Aquino’s proposal for a 2.6 trillion-peso national budget in 2015 gives him powers akin to what he exercised under the unconstitutional disbursement acceleration program (DAP), a lawmaker said Wednesday. Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares grilled Budget...

3rd impeach rap to be filed vs Aquino

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A third impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III is set to be filed Thursday. ACT Teachers’ Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said the impeachment complaint will center on the government’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the...

Drilon urges gov’t to raise pay for civil servants

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin M. Drilon today called on the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to take immediate steps in conducting a pay review for all government employees including policemen and soldiers, in time for the enactment of the 2015 national...