Aquino bats for salary hike of gov’t workers

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday endorsed to Congress a proposed law that would mandate a four-year P226-billion compensation increase for government workers, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said. In a press statement, the DBM said the bill...

Gov’t spending to further accelerate: Budget chief

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The government’s spending on public infrastructures and other programs will further increase before the year end, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). “While our measures to pick up disbursements have taken some time to bed in, we are now...

VP Binay hypes tandem with Gringo in vote-rich Cebu

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday announced his tandem with Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan during the launching of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the Visayas, despite the senator having yet to accept Binay’s offer to be...

Abad sees Leni’s ratings soaring after announcing VP bid

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Monday said the survey ratings of Camarines del Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will likely surge after she announced her vice presidential bid in the 2016 elections and got the endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III....

DBM defends DAP, vows to cooperate with Ombudsman

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) vowed to cooperate with the Office of the Ombudsman as two of its officials face preliminary probe for technical malversation and administrative charges over the implementation of the government’s controversial...

Gov’t to pay LRT-1 partner P7.5-B penalty charge – Bayan

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The government will have to compensate the consortium of Ayala Land Inc. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. for unfulfilled obligations under a concession agreement for the Light Rail Transit Line 1. In an August 7 letter, Transportation Secretary Joseph...

VP Binay: DAP probe on President Aquino, Abad all for show

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Vice President Jejomar Binay is adamant that the investigation being conducted by the Ombudsman on President Benigno Aquino III and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad on the discontinued Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was all for sho...

Roxas warns public vs ways of ‘trapos’

CEBU CITY (Mabuhay) – Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Monday issued a warning against  “traditional politicians” who are wooing voters in campaigns but will “take advantage” of the people once they get elected. “Siga sila at maaari silang magpatuloy ng pananamantala...

Drilon belies claims decision to raise govt workers’ salary happens only now

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday insisted that the planned salary hike for government workers is already the fourth under the present administration, disputing critics’ claims that the decision on the pay raise was only made at the end...

Roxas camp has nothing to do with Villanueva’s ‘pork’ raps – Abad

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad on Monday defended Interior Secretary Mar Roxas against allegations that his camp was behind the inclusion of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva in the latest...