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Senate OKs proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The Senate and House are set to convene a bicameral conference committee on Tuesday, January 22, to settle differences between the two versions of the budget bill

DPWH BUDGET: Senator Loren Legarda, chair of Senate Committee on Finance, in a huddle with (from left) Senators Cynthia Villar, Richard Gordon, Nancy Binay and Department of Public Works (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar during a break in the plenary debate on the proposed 2019 budget of the DPWH. (PRIB Photo Joseph Vidal)

DBM procurement body bidding P198.8-billion contracts 'legal'

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Procurement for non-common use items of various government agencies can be done by the Procurement Service, says the Government Procurement Policy Board

LATEST ACCUSATION. Attached agencies under the Department of Budget and Management answer to House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr's latest accusations against Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Photos by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya hits DBM for bidding P168-B transpo projects in 2018

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:25 PM

But a DOTr official says the process was aboveboard, as they were the ones that sought the DBM’s help to be their procuring agent last year

ANDAYA VS DIOKNO. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr attacks DBM and its chief Benjamin Diokno anew on January 16, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate to remove P8 billion right-of-way funds in 2019 budget

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Senators say the slashed budget may be used for restoring budgets for other agencies such as the Department of Health

REDUCE BUDGET. Senator Panfilo Lacson seeks the removal of the right-of-way acquisition budget for low performing projects in 2018 which amounts to more than P7 billion. File photo of road from DPWH; file photo of Senator Panfilo Lacson from Senate PRIB

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

DBM denies Bangsamoro plebiscite funds ‘missing’

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says P111.8M has been allocated in the 2018 budget for the plebiscite, while P95.8M is proposed in the 2019 budget

PLEBISCITE. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join in the start of the plebiscite and campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on December 7, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Senate seeks to restore DOH budget with DPWH, DILG 'insertions'

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers

MORE FUNDS. Senator Franklin Drilon proposes to restore about P24.4 billion in the DOH's 2019 proposed budget. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Senate seeks to delete P75B in DPWH's 2019 budget

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:20 PM

The Department of Public Works and Highways agrees with Senator Panfilo Lacson's proposal

Napoles, ex-officials to be arraigned over Malampaya scam

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Sandiganbayan junks with finality all motions which sought to block the criminal charges

Delayed 2019 budget stalls Batangas road project

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu calls on Congress to immediately pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

BUDGET ISSUE. Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu hopes the 2019 budget will be passed soon. Photo from Abu's Facebook page

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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DBM to study gov't workers' salary hike for 2020 to 2022

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'There will be a salary increase. It is not just a possibility,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno

SALARY HIKE. Government workers can expect a new round of salary hike in 2020. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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.

Malacañang: Budget delays 'unacceptable' to Filipinos | Midday wRap

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

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What to expect as gov't operates on a reenacted budget

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) All new government projects will be delayed and expansion plans for some key services and programs will be affected until the 2019 budget is passed

RECYCLED. The government operates this year with a budget enacted for 2018.

Malacañang warning: Budget delays 'unacceptable' to Filipinos

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) But senators maintain they are doing their best, as they continue to scrutinize the 2019 budget

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

Duterte signs resolution extending life of 2018 budget for another year

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the need to continue funding rehabilitation efforts for several regions affected by calamities last year

2018 BUDGET EXTENSION. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Marco Polo Davao Journey @ 20 at the Marco Polo Davao on December 7, 2018. Photo by Robinson Niāal Jr/Presidential Photo

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

Trump warns of 'very long' govt shutdown without wall funds

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:14 PM

US President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remain far apart as a deadline looms to approve funds to keep the US government up and running

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

Mark Villar says P75 billion in DPWH budget not 'insertion'

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says the department welcomes any information on alleged irregularities involving contractor CT Leoncio Construction and Trading

NO INSERTIONS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar denies allegations of insertions in their proposed P555.7-billion 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[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

Ex-Cabinet exec 'parked' P300M in budget – Andaya

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:38 PM

A Cabinet official, who resigned to run in the 2019 elections, is accused of inserting millions in flood mitigation projects for Bicol for the next fiscal year

FUNDS 'PARKING.' House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr discloses yet another alleged multi-million insertion in the proposed 2019 budget. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte Cabinet members slam House for 'disrespecting' Diokno

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:40 PM

They say the House resolution calling for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to be fired violates the doctrine of separation of powers in government

Congress adjourns, fails to pass 2019 budget on time

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:35 PM

This means that in early 2019, the Philippine government would have to operate based on the 2018 budget

REENACTED BUDGET. Congress fails to pass the 2019 budget on time, which means the Philippine government would have to operate under a reenacted budget for next year

House to probe alleged anomalies under Diokno in January 2019

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:10 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says he's 'particularly interested' in the P100 million worth of debts that the Department of Budget and Management owes suppliers and contractors this year

HOT SEAT. The House will set off a probe into the alleged budget anomalies under DBM chief Benjamin Diokno. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Budget 'insertions' likely have Duterte approval, says Lagman

Dec 13, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno could not have 'inserted' funds without President Rodrigo Duterte's consent

House wants Duterte to fire Diokno from DBM

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The House of Representatives wants Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's appointment to be 'reconsidered' following lawmakers' corruption allegations against him

TO BE FIRED? Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno speaks during the question hour at the House on December, 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Diokno not involved? Sorsogon got P10-B infra projects in 2018 – Andaya

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno's denial is 'unbelievable'

HOT SEAT. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno during the question hour on December 11, 2018, when lawmakers grilled him over the national budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang: Diokno a 'man of integrity'

Dec 12, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says lawmakers have yet to prove their allegations that Diokno abused his powers when it comes to the 2019 budget

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

Andaya grills Diokno over P75-B ‘insertion’ in DPWH budget for 2019

Dec 11, 2018 - 11:18 PM

DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno argues the P75 billion is aboveboard, as its addition to the DPWH funds in 2019 is part of the legal budgeting process

THE GRILLING. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya (top, in white) gestures as he questions Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on December 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Arroyo: Others got bigger allocations in 2019 budget

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:07 PM

'I’m only upper middle class as far as the allocations are concerned,' says Speaker Gloria Arroyo on the pork barrel accusations against her

NOT PORK? Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo addresses the pork barrel accusations against her on December 11, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Arroyo allies got ‘pork’? But 2019 budget prepared during Alvarez time – Andaya

Dec 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they should not be blamed for the huge insertions in the 2019 budget being alleged by Senator Panfilo Lacson

PORK ISSUE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr delivers a privilege speech on December 10, 2018. Screenshot from the House of Representatives YouTube account

Budget insertions from executive branch? 'Diokno can answer'

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno can explain, adding that the Palace also got a message from House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

WORST CASE. Budget Secretary Diokno warns of the implications of a reenacted budget for 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson: Arroyo allies' districts get big 'pork' in 2019 budget

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:40 PM

'Ang pattern makikita mo.... Isa lang ang common denominator: malapit sa Speaker,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, on supposed fund insertions in the proposed budget

House to hold question hour for Diokno over 2019 budget

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The question hour comes after Senator Panfilo Lacson accused the House of passing a national budget riddled with alleged pork barrel funds

BUDGET TALKS. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is "required" to appear before lawmakers on December 11, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Angara proposes P2.9-B budget in 2019 for promotion of college faculty

Dec 07, 2018 - 3:10 PM

If approved, about 35,000 teachers stand to benefit, according to Senator Juan Edgardo Angara

PROMOTIONS? Senators seek to allocate funds for the promotion of college teachers in the government’s 2019 budget

'Frat war' erupts between Drilon, Gordon during Senate budget deliberations

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:36 PM

It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back

Drilon questions inclusion of P7.5-B SEA Games budget in DFA

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

It was former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who requested it, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon points out that sports development is not a task for the Department of Foreign Affairs

Senator Franklin Drilon at the senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate seeks to realign CHED aid program, to raise free higher education budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 7:09 PM

Senators Lacson, Legarda and Recto pull out the Tulong Dunong financial assistance program and transfer the amount to increase the budget for free tertiary education

TRANSFER FUNDS. Senators want to realign funds from the CHED's scholarship programs to those under the free higher education law. Photos of Legarda and Lacson by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Minority congressmen defend Arroyo, insist no ‘pork barrel’ in 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'Di nag-congressman si [Senator] Ping [Lacson]. Baka 'di niya naiintidihan ‘yong problema ng may constituency,' says Arroyo ally and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

'NO PORK BARREL.' Minority congressmen Lito Atienza, Danilo Suarez, and Alfredo Garbin Jr hold their weekly press conference on December 5, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda

To tame inflation, agriculture must improve – economic managers

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Economic managers urge the Department of Agriculture to invest in modern farming tools to improve farmer productivity

IMPROVEMENT. Economic managers call on the Department of Agriculture to implement programs to improve farmer productivity. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler


Arroyo’s district gets P2.4B in House-approved 2019 budget

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson also says a district in Camarines Sur, which was originally allotted P360.4 million under the National Expenditure Program, now has P1.9 billion by final reading

LUNCH WITH REPORTERS. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers a speech during the lunch she hosted for House reporters on November 26, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'No underspending': Nearly all funds under 2018 national budget released

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says 96.3% of the budget for the year has been disbursed as of November 22

NO UNDERSPENDING. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the national government did not underspend in 2018. Photo by DBM

Senate starts deliberations on proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III is 'doubtful' that the proposed 2019 budget will be passed into law by year-end

BRIEFING FOR PROPOSED 2019 NAT'L BUDGET: Senator Loren Legarda (middle), chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, along with other senators listen to the presentations made by the members of the Development Budget Coordination Committee in relation to the proposed 2019 national budget during a hearing on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The 2019 national budget, the first cash-based budget of the government, is pegged at P3.757 trillion. In photo with Legarda are (from right to left) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, along with Senators Risa Hontiveros, Cynthia Villar and Sherwin Gatchalian. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/7 August 2018)