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LOOK: New Philippine peso bills with Diokno's 'worm-looking' signature

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas releases the first batch of banknotes bearing Governor Benjamin Diokno's signature – squiggles which he himself said look like worms

Diokno eyes easing monetary policy with cooling inflation

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Newly-installed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Benjamin Diokno says timing is important when deciding on easing monetary policies amid cooling inflation

FIRST BRIEFING. Newly-appointed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno holds his first press briefing on March 8, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Andaya retreats in war with Diokno now that he’s BSP gov

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:57 PM

‘Some other person, some other time, maybe in the next Congress,’ says Representative Rolando Andaya Jr about his previous threat to sue Benjamin Diokno over alleged public works scams

WHITE FLAG. Camarines Sur 1st District Representative Rolando Andaya Jr says he will no longer pursue his once aggressive push to sue outgoing budget secretary Benjamin Diokno over alleged public works scams. Photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Mar 06, 2019 - 1:44 PM

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Diokno defends his BSP chief post: 'I'm not a politician'

Mar 06, 2019 - 1:04 PM

'No one has the birthright to say that the governor should come from this group or that group. What's bad is if you come from a bank,' says incoming Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Benjamin Diokno

QUALIFIED. Incoming Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Benjamin Diokno defends his credentials. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno hopes next DBM chief 'not a politician'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:09 AM

On rumors that House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be next budget chief, outgoing secretary Benjamin Diokno says: 'That's speculative. I don't want to comment on that'

OUTGOING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno talks to reporters in his last day as Department of Budget and Management chief. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Diokno’s appointment to the BSP: Need we worry?

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Diokno’s experience and expertise lie in fiscal policy (which deals primarily with the way government raises and spends money) rather than in monetary policy (which deals primarily with controlling the country’s money supply)

Malacañang says CA nod not needed for Diokno appointment as BSP governor

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:07 AM

The New Central Bank Act states that the appointment of BSP governor, as head of a department, requires CA confirmation. But the Palace cites a Supreme Court ruling that states no law can add to the types of government officials needing CA approval

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What lies ahead for new Bangko Sentral Governor Benjamin Diokno?

Mar 05, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) Benjamin Diokno's appointment to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas comes as the central bank gets more powers and navigates uncertainty in the external environment

FAST FACTS: Who is Benjamin Diokno?

Mar 05, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Get to know Benjamin Diokno, the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor

NEW BANGKO SENTRAL GOVERNOR. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has been appointed as the new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte appoints Diokno as Bangko Sentral governor

Mar 04, 2019 - 9:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Benjamin Diokno will serve the remaining term of the late Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Nestor Espenilla Jr until 2023

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is seen huddled together with newly-appointed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno and other members of the cabinet on the sidelines of the 35th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 4, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Diokno tried to bribe lawmakers with P40-B funds, claims Andaya

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:07 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the congressman's accusation is 'absolutely false'

House committee on appropriations chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr makes fresh allegations against DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on February 8, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya-led House panel summons Diokno to 2019 budget probe

Feb 07, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Failure to comply with this order is subject to penalty under the law,' the subpoena signed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo warns Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SUMMONED. The House committee on appropriations issues a subpoena to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno confident Comelec to exempt big infra projects from election ban

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:23 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Comelec had granted similar exemption requests in the past

EXEMPTED. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says exempting infrastructure projects' construction work during the election ban has been done in the past. File photo by DBM

House panel to issue show cause order vs Diokno

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso moves for the House committee on appropriations to issue a show cause order to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

ROLANDO ANDAYA JR. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Gov't to deregulate sugar imports in 2019

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the move will 'put pressure on the domestic economy to compete with the rest of the world'

DEREGULATE. The Philippine government will be relaxing restrictions on sugar imports in 2019. Rappler file photo

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Jan 15, 2019 - 10:06 PM

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Unemployment to rise if P75B removed from DPWH budget – Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

'It will increase poverty. Those who cannot find jobs will get poor,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the removal of P75-billion 'insertion in the public works budget

LESS JOBS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says removing the P75-billion budget in DPWH funds can affect employment. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Amid flood control controversy, Casiguran mayor distances self from Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Mayor Edwin Hamor refuses to respond to the latest allegation that Aremar Construction, which he founded, earned P81 million from dummies

NOT CLOSE TO DIOKNO? Casiguran, Sorsogon Mayor Edwin Hamor attends the House investigation on the alleged budget anomalies on January 15, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Enough for Diokno: No House probes, but open to Senate

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has had enough with the House of Representatives, whose members have accused him of corruption

NO LONGER ATTENDING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says he will no longer attend any invitations by House lawmakers. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno in-laws' construction firm got P81M from dummies – Andaya

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the alleged scheme made Sorsogon prone to construction projects that are either incomplete or easily damaged

'INCOMPLETE'. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr claims a flood control project in Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon is 'waiting for the river to come.' All screenshots from Andaya's presentation

LIVE: House hearing on alleged budget anomalies under Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:22 AM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr grills officials over the supposed questionable billions in pesos worth of funds under the 2018 budget and proposed 2019 budget

Andaya seeks probe into ‘missing’ budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo previously said the reenacted budget will not affect the BOL as 'the budget for this was already included in the 2018 budget'

BUDGET PROBE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr accuses DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno of "forgetting" to allocate funds for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Screenshot by Rappler

Malacañang stands by Diokno, blames Congress for delayed salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:15 PM

The Palace supports the stance of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno – that implementing the 4th tranche of the government pay hike without a Congress-approved 2019 budget would be unconstitutional

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House of Representatives on December, 11, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Andaya sues Diokno at Supreme Court over non-release of gov’t salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:15 PM

It is a class suit led by Andaya co-signed by employees from both the executive and legislative branches

SALARY HIKE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr files on January 14, 2019, a class suit before the Supreme Court seeking to compel the Budget Department to release the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

House invites Diokno, relatives to flood control 'scam' probe

Jan 11, 2019 - 1:24 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he is expecting 'full cooperation and full disclosure' from Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, his daughter, and his in-laws

NOT ATTENDING? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has already been advised by President Rodrigo Duterte not to attend the House probe. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya to Diokno: Don’t hold hostage gov’t workers' salary hike

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says it will not be unconstitutional to implement the salary hike, as the reenacted 2018 budget has allocations for it

PAY NOW, NOT LATER. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr urges DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the salary hike for government workers this January. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Jan 09, 2019 - 1:26 PM

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Diokno: Gov't workers' salary hike 'unconstitutional' without 2019 budget

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

'If I don't adjust the pay by January 15, then sue me. There's no legal basis for that,' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno tells House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

'SUE ME.' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno dares House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr to sue him over the release of government workers' compensation adjustment. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov’t can implement salary hike without 2019 budget – lawmakers

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr warns he would take DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to court if the government fails to implement the salary hike by January 15

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (R) says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno (center) can implement the salary hike without the 2019 budget for now.

Andaya tags Diokno in alleged flood scam 'conspiracy'

Jan 06, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies the 'imagined schemes' linked to him by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

CONSPIRACY? House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr in a heated exchange with DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour at the House on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel to invite Diokno, in-laws to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr appeals to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and his in-laws to 'stop hiding the truth using technicalities and general denials'

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction in a hearing of the House rules committee on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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Diokno says Andaya’s claims based on ‘wrong numbers, not grounded on facts’

Jan 04, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies having a favored contractor, saying project implementation is 'not part of his job'

DENY. Embattled Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno denies allegations by House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

House panel explores plunder, tax evasion charges vs Diokno's in-laws

Jan 04, 2019 - 2:30 PM

'Titingnan natin kung nagma-match ba ang tax payments nila sa mga income na pumapasok sa bank accounts nila,' says House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

HOUSE LEADER. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr holds a press conference on December 19, 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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Andaya seeks AMLC help in probe of firms linked to Diokno's in-laws

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Aremar Construction uses at least 8 dummy contractors, including C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, to bag government projects in Sorsogon, claims House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BANK RECORDS SOUGHT. Consolacion Leoncio, owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, sits beside her lawyer during the House hearing on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno's in-laws behind firm that bagged big gov't projects – Andaya

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:54 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya claims there is a 'clear case of conflict of interest' as Aremar Construction's biggest stockholder and incorporator are in-laws of the budget chief

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House probes budget anomalies under Diokno | Midday wRap

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:37 PM

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House kicks off probe into alleged budget anomalies under Diokno

Jan 02, 2019 - 8:56 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez are expected to grill DPWH officials on January 3 over the supposed questionable billions in pesos worth of funds under the 2018 and 2019 budgets

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno answers lawmakers' questions over alleged budget anomalies during the question hour at the House plenary on December, 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel summons contractor, DPWH officials to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The owner of CT Leoncio Construction and several public works officials in Bicol Region are among those summoned to a House rules committee hearing on Thursday, January 3

SUBPOENAS ISSUED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the rules committee has summoned personalities for a probe into alleged anomalies in infrastructure projects in Sorsogon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo as budget or finance secretary? | Evening wRap

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:47 PM

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Arroyo as next finance or budget chief? Diokno says 'all speculation'

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:14 AM

'Sa job ko? My goodness... Kala ko kay Secretary [Carlos] Dominguez, hindi naman sa akin. But these are all speculation, okay,' says Diokno

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno at the Plenary Congress Plenary Hall to attend the 2018 budget deliveration on Tuesday, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Dec 19, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Diokno: Lawmakers eyeing road users' tax for campaign

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno fires back at members of the House of Representatives accusing him of corruption

NOT RELEASING. In an economic briefing at Malacanang, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says they will not release the road users' tax unless the Road Board is not abolished. RTVM Screenshot

Panelo: Duterte told Diokno to skip House hearing | Evening wRap

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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Diokno reserving road tax funds for admin allies? 'Nonsense,' says Panelo

Dec 18, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Malacañang maintains that President Rodrigo Duterte still wants the Road Board abolished

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Duterte told Diokno to skip House hearing on corruption allegations – Panelo

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Malacañang agrees with Diokno that lawmakers' accusations against him are meant to distract the public from Senator Lacson's allegations against House members

GRILLED. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks during the question hour at the House of Representatives on December, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The many shades of pork

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Factions in Duterte’s own administration are squabbling over funds, and it seems, over appointments too

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Dec 13, 2018 - 10:22 PM

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