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...

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...

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...

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...

LP in a quandary over Mar Roxas

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive administration presidential candidate, appears to be losing his political appeal even from some key members of his own Liberal Party (LP). There are even reports that the LP is heading for a breakup as a result of their leaders’...

Palace on Aquino’s endorsement: Will VP Binay continue anti-corruption reforms?

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay may get President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement in 2016, but only if he can convince the President that he can continue the administration’s anti-corruption reforms. At a briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, presidential...

LP stalwart: Mar Roxas won’t settle for vice presidential run in 2016

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An administration ally on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II sliding down to a vice presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, saying it is only part of a plan to demolish his possible presidential bid. Eastern...

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...