Politics & Government

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Source: BusinessWorld Online PUBLIC SATISFACTION with President Benigno S. C. Aquino III has fallen to its lowest since he took office four years ago, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said, with expectations that his term will end up a success also down markedly. Results of a June 27-30 nationwide survey had 55% of respondents saying they were satisfied with Mr. Aquino’s performance and 30% declaring Read More …

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Article by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  A look at China’s territorial disputes: ___ TAIWAN: Taiwan itself is claimed by Beijing as a part of Chinese territory, and Beijing has vowed to bring it under control, by force if necessary. This claim has been the principal driver of the modernization of China’s People’s Liberation Army since the end of the Cold War. Taiwan was incorporated into the Read More …

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By Louis Bacani The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) — President Benigno Aquino III revealed on Friday that Budget Secretary Florencio Abad has tendered his resignation amid the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy. Aquino said Abad submitted his resignation letter yesterday, but he turned it down. “I have considered the same and I have decided not to accept the resignation,” Aquino said at the start Read More …

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By Camille Diola The Philippine Star    MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional “acts and practices” under the Aquino administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), dubbed a form of pork barrel, on Tuesday. Voting unanimously, 13 of the high court’s magistrates ruled that the executive branch overstepped its powers using the lump sum funds under the program. Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro inhibited from voting. Read More …

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By MARK MERUEÑAS GMA News  Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio expressed surprise that majority in the Senate and House of Representatives supported the Disbursement Acceleration Program and the National Budget Circular No. 541 when they “usurp and castrate the power of the purse of Congress, making Congress inutile and surplusage.” NBC 541 was the circular that authorized the DAP. “This court cannot allow a castration Read More …

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By Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune  Malacañang can’t escape culpability on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the pool of discretionary funds of President Aquino, a former senator and one-time executive secretary of the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the incumbent’s mother, pointed out yesterday. Former Sen. Joker Arroyo is putting to task Malacanang into justifying to the public Read More …

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By Delon Porcalla The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino is taking full responsibility for the Disbursement Acceleration Program amid controversy sparked by the Supreme Court’s unfavorable ruling on the DAP and mounting calls for the resignation of some of his officials. “In the final analysis, the President is the chief executive and the members of the Cabinet performed the role of alter ego, Read More …

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 Source: GMA News (Updated 9:55 p.m.) The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the Aquino administration’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) after the Supreme Court declared some of its portions unconstitutional. In a statement on Wednesday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said her office would create a panel of field investigators that would look into the DAP transactions “to see if any crime or offense Read More …

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By Ira Pedrasa ABS-CBNnews.com  MANILA – Senator Miriam Santiago said President Benigno Aquino III and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad should be made accountable for the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “Can [Aquino] be impeached, definitely. But can he be impeached in reality? They have to muster enough votes so it’s bound to fail. I will not blame, however, the people who will attempt to test Read More …

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By Angie M. Rosales and Charlie V. Manalo The Daily Tribune  For lack of any worthy presidential timber, will the Liberal Party (LP) bite the bullet and recruit an outsider, in the mold of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago as its standard bearer for the 2016 presidential elections? The Palace was coy about it yesterday, saying the question should be addressed to the LP itself but Read More …