Measure seeks to allow Palace to ‘legally use’ budget savings

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:03 p.m.

AFTER the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), administration allies in the House of Representatives are planning to pass a measure, which will enable Malacanang to legally use government savings on other projects after the fiscal year.

Marikina City Representative Romero Quimbo said the proposed law will be based on the high court's ruling on DAP and will give a green light to the executive branch to use the remaining savings.

Pope Francis to make 4-day visit to Philippines in January 2015

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 07:23 p.m.

MANILA -- Pope Francis will visit the Philippines for the first time in January next year, church officials in Manila confirmed Monday.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, in a press conference, said the pontiff will visit the country on January 15 to 19, 2015.

Palace: Aquino's display of emotion not sign of weak leader

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 06:52 p.m.

MALACANANG defended on Tuesday President Benigno Aquino III for being emotional when he delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona), saying his display of emotion was not a sign of being a weak leader.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the President's rare display of emotion was spontaneous.

Aquino recovers ‘lost ground’ after emotional Sona

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 06:27 p.m.

A POLITICAL analyst said Tuesday President Benigno Aquino III must focus on continuing the reforms he has initiated to parry criticisms that he shed crocodile tears to gain public sympathy amid mounting protests and impeachment cases.

“He has to complete what he has started and work on his legacies,” Ramon Casiple, executive director of Institute of Political and Economic Reform (Iper), told Sun.Star.

TD 'Inday' heads toward Taiwan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 05:45 p.m.

MANILA -- The state weather bureau reported Tuesday that Tropical Depression Inday is moving northwest toward Taiwan.

Inday was located at 720 kilometers (km) east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) said in its latest bulletin.

Lawmaker: No ‘PDAF-like’ allocation under Aquino’s 2015 budget

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 04:54 p.m.

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives vowed Tuesday to block schemes similar to the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), as Congress prepares to tackle the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget.

House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II said the 2015 General Appropriations Bill will not contain "pork barrel-like" allotment similar to what his fellow lawmakers did when they decided to scrap the P25.24-billion PDAF allotment under this year's P2.265 trillion national budget.

Death toll in Abu Sayyaf road attack rises to 23

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 04:53 p.m.

MANILA -- The death toll in a brazen road attack by Abu Sayyaf bandits on some 50 villagers traveling in Lower Talipao, Sulu to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families has climbed to 23 after a three-year-old boy and his father died from their injuries, officials said Tuesday.

Baldoz to reinforce personnel as alert level 3 looms in Israel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is looking to bolster its presence in Israel after getting word that the crisis alert level 3 may be raised in the Middle East state in the coming days.

In an interview, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that they are set to send additional personnel in Israel, where the security situation remains volatile.

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 03:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

Ex-Budget chief: Aquino defying SC on budget terms clarification

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 02:53 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III may find himself in another confrontation with the Supreme Court (SC) over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after asking Congress to resolve issues on the executive department's power over the national budget.

In a text message, University of the Philippines (UP) economics professor Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday Aquino's pronouncement during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday was a clear challenge to the SC ruling against the constitutionality of his purported economic stimulus package.

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