Budget chief: No allocation under DAP to pay Luisita owners

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:13 p.m.

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) denied Tuesday that the Aquino administration released funds through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to compensate the family of President Benigno Aquino III, landowner of Hacienda Luisita.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad made the statement following the allegation of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) chair Rafael Mariano.

Palace open to proposal to convert Bataan nuclear plant

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 07:04 p.m.

MALACANANG is looking into a possibility of converting the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) into a natural gas-powered facility to ease the country's growing demand for energy.

In a regular media briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that it is time to take a second look on how BNPP could be useful.

Plunder complaint filed vs Binays

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 06:55 p.m.

A COMPLAINT for plunder has been filed Tuesday against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati City mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., and several members of the city council, for their alleged involvement in the irregular P1.56-billion Makati Parking Building project.

In a complaint affidavit filed at Office of the Ombudsman, lawyer Renato Bondal and Ching Enciso, lead convenor of Save Makati Movement, said the Binays in connivance with several councilors allegedly used questionable means to obtain a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

SC won’t stop Aquino from picking new justice yet

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 06:30 p.m.

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III can still select the next associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC) after no stay order was issued by the magistrates in their regular session on Tuesday.

The Court only ordered Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to comment within 10 days on the petition of Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, who protested his exclusion from the shortlist of nominees submitted to Aquino on June 30.

Lawmakers studying proposal to give Aquino emergency powers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 06:05 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION lawmakers are studying a proposal by the Department of Energy (DOE) urging President Benigno Aquino III declare a state of emergency in the power sector this year to address a potential supply shortfall in Luzon by summer of next year.

House committee on energy chairperson Reynaldo Umali said that they are now studying the possibility of giving emergency powers to Aquino but Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla should first confirm that there really an impending electricity shortage by next year.

China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 05:15 p.m.

BEIJING — A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat in its chicken nuggets.

Malacanang hopes for meeting of minds on Bangsamoro bill during Aquino, Murad meeting

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 05:00 p.m.

MALACANANG expressed Tuesday hope that the meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim could help in resolving issues on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

"Well, if the meeting pushes through, then it will give an opportunity for both leaders to thresh out the issues and concerns that are being brought forward, and hopefully that will lead to a meeting of the minds between them," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a media briefing.

Anti-DAP petitioners told to comment on Palace appeal

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 04:47 p.m.

THE Supreme Court (SC) directed petitioners against the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) on Tuesday to comment on Malacañang's appeal to the decision that declared key parts of the economic stimulus package unconstitutional.

The Court gave the petitioners such as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and Christian sects led by Greco Belgica 10 days to file their opposition.

Palace unfazed by impeachment raps vs Aquino

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 04:41 p.m.

MALACANANG was not worried even if another impeachment complaint was filed against President Benigno Aquino III.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. expressed belief that the lawmakers would consider reasons and welfare of the people in handling the impeachment complaints against the President.

Militant youth groups file 2nd impeach rap vs Aquino

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 04:01 p.m.

MANILA -- Militant youth organizations led by the Kabataan Party-list filed Tuesday a second impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III after the Supreme Court declared the administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Ridon said their complaint, which is supported by 25 youth and student complainants, accused Aquino of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust and graft and corruption.

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