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DBM pumps P565M into water systems

MANILA, Sep 25 — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P565 million to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) for the continued development of potable water supply systems covering the poorest provinces in the country. The fund release—sourced from LWUA’s Regular Appropriations under the 2014 National Budget—will support efforts on water source development and the construction of pumping stations and pipe lines. The P565 million will also cover the development […]

Philippines’ Grassroots Budgeting program wins award in New York

Malacañang announced that the Philippines’ Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) program has won third place in the 2014 Open Government Awards presented during the Open Government Partnership (OGP) high-level event in New York on Wednesday. Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman accepted the award, Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters during Thursday’s press briefing at the Palace. The top two places went to Denmark and Montenegro, respectively. “In her acceptance speech, Secretary Dinky Soliman expressed our government’s appreciation to the […]

Pnoy concludes U.S. trip

[youtube id=”HteC1BFru5M”] President Aquino has concluded his five-day working visit to the United States. He’s coming home with fresh investments from various companies upon his return to Manila. President Aquino left the San Francisco international Airport at about 4:40 pm on Wednesday, Pacific time, via a Philippine Airlines chartered flight. Before his departure, the President held two quick business meetings with the top executives of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, International Development, and Wells Fargo Bank. The […]

Sen. Cayetano says Senate can arrest those who snub its subpoena

The Binays were not around to contend against the new allegations against them, with Vice President Jejomar Binay saying that he’d rather work than be involved in politics.  His son, Mayor Junjun Binay meanwhile challenged the jurisdiction of the said sub-committee. [youtube id=”K2q2h67ICSU”] The Binays were not around to refute the fresh allegations against them. Vice president Jejomar Binay declined the subcommittee’s invitation to appear before it. Mayor Erwin  “Junjun” Binay, on the other hand, […]

Ex-Makati councilor testifies biddings were rigged

MANILA, Philippines (ENS) — A former Makati councilor testified that he used to receive  P300,000 to P500,000 monthly and that he believed the money came from then mayor  and now Vice President Jejomar Binay. Ex-Councilor Ernesto Aspillaga told the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee this morning he decided to come clean in the hope that the entire country would be spared from the alleged culture of corruption in Makati. Aspillaga further claimed that as the former  […]

AFP says no ISIS militants in the Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines assured the public that no members of the militant ISIS have entered the country despite allegations that ISIS, Abu Sayyaf and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are acting as one group. [youtube id=”2swFV4ZPxBw”]

Roxas submits list of donors for Purisima’s “White House”

MANILA, Philippines — Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has released the list of donors responsible for the renovation of the official residence inside Camp Crame of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Allan Purisima. Roxas said that amount involved was just over P11 million, specifically P11,462,754.39 and not P20 million as alleged by Purisima’s accusers and critics. The DILG chief named Carlos Garcia of Ulticon Builders, Atty. Alexander Lopez of Pacific Concrete Corporation and Christopher […]

Sen. Poe urges PNP chief to go on leave

MANILA, Philippines (ENS) —  Philippine National Police Chief Allan Purisima should be asked to go on administrative leave while investigations against him are ongoing, Senator Grace Poe said Wednesday, Sept. 24. Poe appealed to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to strongly recommend this to President Aquino. [youtube id=”Jpt1Rr2oP3I”] “I share your frustration Sir, but on the other hand, I know that you also have to make the appropriate recommendation to the President,” Senator Poe told Interior […]