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Pope Francis names Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Novaliches Bishop-elect Roberto Gaa is set to replace Antonio Tobias, who is past the retirement age of 75

NEW APPOINTMENT. Pope Francis names Father Roberto Gaa as bishop of Novaliches in the Philippines. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Paolo Duterte's resignation letter sent to Malacañang, says Mayor Sara

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Authorities in Davao raise the death toll in the tragic NCCC Mall fire to 38

RESIGNING. Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte's resignation letter has been sent to Malacañang, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says. Rappler file photo

Duterte signs P3.8-trillion 2018 national budget into law

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte green-lights a 2018 budget that prioritizes infrastructure development and education

What's the share of gov't offices in the 2018 P3.8-T national budget?

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 2018 national budget indicates the priorities of the Duterte administration, with infrastructure, education, and the interior affairs sectors gaining the most

Congress ratifies P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Funds for anti-drug campaigns – the DILG's Masa Masid and the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel – are scrapped

P24B in salary hike awaits qualified gov't workers in 2018

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The government allots P24 billion for the 3rd tranche of the Salary Standardization Law to be out by January 2018, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

House ends committee hearings on P3.8-trillion 2018 budget

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Plenary debates on the proposed 2018 national budget begin on September 4

2018 BUDGET. The House of Representatives is one step closer to passing the proposed 2018 budget. Rappler file photo

House approval of P3.8-T 2018 budget eyed mid-September

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:30 AM

First to defend their proposed budget before lawmakers are the DBM NEDA DOF and BSP

BUDGET TALKS. The House is set to debate on the 2016 General Appropriations Act this month. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Build, build, build' gets a third of proposed 2018 national budget

Jul 24, 2017 - 7:56 PM

The government s infrastructure program will get P1 097 trillion in 2018 or 6 3 of the GDP

SUBMITTED. President Rodrigo Duterte submits the proposed 2018 nationa budget to Congress.

Education, infra to get bulk of proposed 2018 nat'l budget

Jul 15, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The second national budget crafted under the Duterte administration the proposed P3 77 trillion budget is 12 4 higher than last year

Martial Law, Marawi attack, Donald Trump and Pope Francis | Evening wRap

May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from

Lacson 'confused' about pork in 2017 budget – Nograles

Jan 05, 2017 - 4:27 PM

The chairman of the House committee on appropriations insists only specific line item projects identified by government agencies can be found in the approved 2017 budget

NO PORK? Representative Karlo Nograles bellies Senator Panfilo Lacson's claim that the 2017 budget is riddled with "pork-like" funds. File photos by Rappler

Duterte vetoes direct income spending by gov't agencies

Dec 28, 2016 - 11:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the era of budget credibility has begun unlike in the past where the budget was vulnerable and open to abuse

Senators and Congressmen applaud as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs Republic Act 10924 or the General Appropriations Act  for the fiscal year 2017 at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang on December 22. Photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

17th Congress bids 2016 goodbye with 2 laws passed

Dec 15, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED In 6 months Congress passes 2 laws: postponement of the barangay elections and the P3 35 trillion 2017 budget

ADJOURNED. The 17th Congress closes session for the year on December 14.

House ratifies proposed P3.35T budget for 2017

Dec 13, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Congressmen have wanted to allocate P8 5B for development projects in the ARMM but concede to senators wishes to give the amount to CHED instead

RATIFIED BUDGET. Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia presides during the session on December 13, when the House of Representatives ratified the proposed 2017 budget. Screengrab from the HReps website

6 bills passed on final reading as House adjourns session

Oct 19, 2016 - 8:14 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas commends his colleagues for a truly productive session The House of Representatives resumes session on November 7

SESSION ADJOURNED. The House of Representative adjourns session on October 19. Session resumes on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Senate adjourns session with 1 bill approved on final reading

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:26 PM

The Senate is set to resume on November 7 and is expected to focus on the passage of the 2017 budget and the emergency powers to solve the traffic crisis

House approves P3.35 trillion 2017 budget

Oct 19, 2016 - 6:14 PM

The Lower House restores the budget cuts made against state colleges and universities as well government hospitals

APPROVED. The House of Representatives approves the proposed budget for 2017 on October 19. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

2017 budget: House passes proposed P3.35T on 2nd reading

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is concerned how the proposed budget would be spent by the Duterte administration which is so focused on the war on drugs

PASSED ON 2ND READING. Lawmakers work for 9 hours to finish the plenary deliberations on the proposed 2017 budget on October 5. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOF looks to formalize PH's AIIB membership this year

Oct 03, 2016 - 7:30 PM

In its proposed P21 3 billion budget for 2017 the DOF sets aside funds for joining the AIIB and for having attachés to China and Japan to monitor trade

Proposed P3.35-trillion 2017 budget reaches House plenary

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:45 PM

The House of Representatives will hold plenary deliberations until October 7

BUDGET DEBATE. The House of Representatives holds the first plenary deliberation on the proposed 2017 budget on September 26. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ombudsman questions DBM: Why not allow us to use savings?

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno clarifies that the Office of the Ombudsman may use its savings but it is time bound

FISCAL AUTONOMY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sits beside House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas during the agency's budget briefing on August 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno on 2017 budget: No cap for lawmakers' pet projects

Aug 15, 2016 - 6:06 PM

The budget secretary says they will consider when congressmen identify specific projects which are consistent with the desire of the President for the development of the countryside

2017 BUDGET PROPOSAL. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno shakes the hand of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez as the Department of Budget and Management submits the proposed 2017 budget to Congress. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Advocates on RH budget cut: 'We've let our guard down'

Jan 13, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Former Albay representative Edcel Lagman is suspicious of what happened at the bicameral conference committee on the 2016 budget where the budget cut was made

RH BUDGET CUT. RH law advocates dramatize the controversial RH budget cut during a press conference of the Purple Ribbon for RH Movement on January 13, 2016. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DOH may have to divert family health fund to purchase contraceptives

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Health Secretary Janette Garin explains how the justifications for the P1 billion reproductive health budget cut by senators Legarda and Sotto don t add up

What happened to the 2016 budget for contraceptives?

Jan 07, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Senators say one reason for the P1 billion budget cut is the Supreme Court order prohibiting the DOH from granting any pending application for reproductive health commodities

Bicam OKs P3-T budget for 2016

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:15 PM

Congress leaders expect President Benigno Aquino III to sign the proposed 2016 budget before Christmas

BIGGEST BUDGET. The proposed 3-Trillion national budget for 2016 is the largest budget proposal submitted to Congress.

Bulk of CHED's proposed 2016 budget for K to 12 transition

Aug 26, 2015 - 3:23 PM

P8 28 billion in the Commission on Education s proposed budget will be used to assist college workers affected by K to 12 adjustments among other purposes

DBM: Lacson’s DAP, lump sum claims ‘inaccurate’

Jul 14, 2015 - 6:38 PM

This comes after former Senator Panfilo Lacson alleges that lump sums amounting to at least P424 billion are still present in the 2015 budget

Infrastructure investments to increase 4% of GDP in 2015

Feb 03, 2015 - 4:24 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says it has released P2 trillion or 78 of the 2015 budget to address procurement and implementation delays

Lawmakers question DSWD's conditional cash transfer program

Aug 28, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Members of Congress grill Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman over her agency s 2015 budget

Int'l research project in limbo, not in CHED's 2015 budget

Aug 26, 2014 - 6:19 PM

The Philippine California Advance Research Institute project is halted causing the Commission on Higher Education s proposed 2015 budget to decrease by almost half to P3 56B

Stop making budget adjustments behind closed doors – Angara

Aug 22, 2014 - 8:21 PM

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara wants clear standards in realigning savings while Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto wants an itemized status reports on projects funded the past year

Abad: Redefined savings in 2015 budget 'cures' SC DAP ruling

Aug 06, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act seeks to allow the president to declare as savings funds for projects that have not started by mid year and to realign such funds

Highlights: Leonen's opinion on the DAP

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:04 PM

Leonen emphasizes the importance of the judiciary s fiscal autonomy saying that its annual submission of expenditures is not meant for approval

Gov't seeks reversal of SC ruling on DAP

Jul 18, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Government lawyers argue that the good intent of accelerating spending for economic growth shows the administration s good faith

Highlights: Carpio's separate opinion on DAP

Jul 15, 2014 - 6:37 PM

UPDATED The most senior magistrate in the High Court writes: This Court cannot allow a castration of a vital part of the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution even if the branch adversely affected suicidally consents to it

Understanding the SC ruling on the DAP

Jul 14, 2014 - 3:30 PM

What are the main points and highlights of the Supreme Court decision on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program?

The DAP decision: Lessons on politics, governance

Jul 10, 2014 - 10:01 AM

We submit unsolicited but hopefully useful advice for the administration to tone down the self righteous defensiveness

Ombudsman to probe DAP offenses

Jul 02, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Ombudsman Morales says she is keen on creating a panel of field investigators to conduct the probe

INDICTED. The Ombudsman approves the indictment of a former mayor for malversation of public funds. Photo from the Office of the Ombudsman website

Rehab funds carry 'do not plunder' warning

Jan 22, 2014 - 4:47 PM

This is the first time a provision of this nature is incorporated into the national budget

DON'T PLUNDER. The program for rehabilitation and reconstruction of areas hit by man-made and natural calamities include a 'do not plunder' warning. Photo by EPA/Dennis Sabangan

Why Enrile, Estrada cannot escape public accountability

Jan 11, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Senators Enrile and Estrada if you are not responsible for making sure our resources are used for the common good what are you in power for?

Senator wants bicam budget debate on Facebook, Twitter

Dec 09, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Senator Cayetano says social media will allow immediate feedback from netizens while the two chambers of Congress reconcile their versions of the budget bill

SC junks PDAF as unconstitutional

Nov 19, 2013 - 1:28 PM

4th UPDATE Voting unanimously 14 justices decide against the pork barrel system

LEGAL. The Solicitor General submits Malacañang's final comments on the charges vs DAP on Thursday, November 7. File photo

Senate determined to abolish PDAF - Drilon

Oct 12, 2013 - 4:26 PM

Sen Franklin Drilon reacts to Justice Antonio Carpio s opinion that the PDAF can only be abolished if Congress passes a law to amend it or if the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional

PDAF case a test for Aquino appointees

Oct 09, 2013 - 8:42 AM

CJ Sereno defends the President’s use of “incentives” to push legislative agenda

Recto to DBM: Where’s P130-B Malampaya fund?

Oct 07, 2013 - 10:53 PM

The Senate Pro Tempore doesn t buy the budget department s claim that there s no cash left of the royalties He s calling for an accounting of the fund for the fourth straight year

Abolish pork: The data speaks for itself

Aug 24, 2013 - 5:00 PM

It’s entirely possible that PDAF has indeed worsened regional inequalities over the years thanks to the culture of impunity and corruption it has brought with it

Budget directive to agencies: no projects list, no funds

Sep 11, 2012 - 12:32 PM

House Appropriations Committee Chair Jun Abaya says the administration is moving toward almost line item budgeting by 2013

Outgoing House Appropriations Committee Chair Joseph Emilio Abaya. (Malacañang photo)