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Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

DOJ to Aquino, Garin, Abad: Answer Dengvaxia vaccine charges

Mar 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Aquino, Garin, Abad, and other former and incumbent officials must appear before the Department of Justice on Friday, March 23, to answer the charges filed against them

DENGVAXIA PROBES. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Former budget chief Abad: Dengvaxia decision 'guided by prudence'

Feb 26, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'There was this alarming problem, there was this potential cure to it,' says the former budget chief

Former President Benigno Aquino III, with former DOH secretary Janette Garin, former Budget secretary Butch Abad and Health secretary Francisco Duque III attend the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino, Abad to attend House probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Feb 24, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III and former budget secretary Florencio Abad says they are ready to face the House investigation on Monday, February 26

DENGVAXIA. Former budget secretary Florencio Abad speaks to former president Benigno Aquino III during a Senate hearing on the dengue vaccine controversy last December 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Dengvaxia hysteria: Go back to the core issue

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We should train the spotlight again on past officials who rushed the purchase and rollout of the dengue vaccines

'Confident' Aquino faces Senate probe into dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

'It's incumbent upon me as a citizen to try and allay certain fears; to put it in proper perspective,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Aquino, Abad, Ochoa to face Senate probe into dengue vaccine

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:08 PM

'I hope that my appearing will promote a more sober discussion leading to the formulation of appropriate actions,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

PROBE. Former president Benigno Aquino III is set to attend the Senate investigation into the controversial dengue vaccine. File photo from Malacañang

Pacquiao probes P8.7-B GenSan scam, to invite Aquino in-law, Abad, Singson

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:02 PM

The Senate public works committee will conduct a hearing on December 11 on the P8.7-billion alleged payment to fake land owners in General Santos, his home city

DOJ puts Singson, Abad on immigration lookout over P8.7-billion road scam

Nov 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also names a witness to the alleged scam – Roberto Catapang Jr

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

New Comelec chief, Maguindanao massacre, Pacquiao and McGregor | Evening wRap

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Aguirre tags Singson, Abad in P8.7-B road scam

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

'The accusation is baseless and therefore not true. I and the DBM were never part of the negotiations for that transaction,' says former budget chief Florencio Abad

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Aquino, DAP

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the National Bureau of Investigation to form a special task force to handle the investigation on former president Benigno Aquino III and the Disbursement Acceleration Program

Sonny Belmonte is Batanes' caretaker in House

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:22 AM

The Liberal Party vice chairman is appointed caretaker of the congressional district of Batanes, a seat left vacant by the passing of LP stalwart Dina Abad

COA urges 'immediate' investigation into P38-B Malampaya fund releases

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:33 PM

'The DBM’s laxity in the release of SAROs to Implementing Agencies and without thorough evaluation, contributed to the misuse of funds by the IAs,' says the Commission on Audit

INVESTIGATION. The Commission on Audit (COA) recommends investigation into budget department officials for the irregular disbursement of P38 billion worth of Malampaya funds.

SWS survey, Dina Abad, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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Batanes Representative Dina Abad dies

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:30 AM

'You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Photo from Henedina Razon-Abad's Facebook Page

Aquino on new PDAF scam probe, Napoles: 'I'm confused'

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The former president also defends former budget secretary Florencio Abad the apparent target of the DOJ s reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

'PORK SCAM QUEEN'.Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles attends a hearing at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 15, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit

Napoles, tax reform, Merkel | Evening wRap

May 29, 2017 - 9:29 PM

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Napoles tags Drilon, Trillanes, De Lima in PDAF scam

May 29, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The opposition senators slam the allegation as black propaganda saying President Rodrigo Duterte is only seeking revenge against his critics

Aquino: Palparan lesson pushed me to accept Napoles surrender

May 24, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The Napoles surrender in Malacañang in 2013 is cited by Justice Secretary Aguirre as a factor in the reinvestigation of the pork barrel scam

PORK SCAM REINVESTIGATION. Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his allies are the targets of the reinvestigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the pork barrel scam. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ombudsman also investigating Abad in PDAF scam

May 16, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Aguirre earlier alluded to Abad as the most guilty instigator of the PDAF scam

Where do PH judicial bodies stand in the Napoles case?

May 14, 2017 - 11:08 AM

All the judicial bodies are now at play in the biggest corruption scandal in recent history Where are they so far when it comes to Janet Lim Napoles?

Aquino's DAP defense leaves Abad to be indicted

May 12, 2017 - 8:04 PM

While Congress could appropriate it would have nothing more to do during the budget execution stage The determination of the availability of savings is the technical province of the DBM Aquino says in his comment to the Ombudsman

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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SWS survey, Duterte, Uson | Evening wRap

May 11, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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Aguirre targets Abad in pork scam reinvestigation

May 11, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Di ba may nagsabi diyan na may tutor o may mentor? Aguirre asks alluding to former budget secretary Florencio Butch Abad

Dep't of Justice to reinvestigate pork barrel scam

May 10, 2017 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns the allies of the previous administration as he reopens the investigation into the pork barrel scam

Accountability over DAP: What's happening with the probe?

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

We have not seen the end of this Budget Secretary Diokno says

Ombudsman orders Aquino to comment on DAP appeal

Apr 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III has 15 days to respond to the motion to charge him with usurpation of legislative power graft and malversation over the Disbursement Acceleration Program

HOUNDED BY DAP. Bayan Muna asks the Office of the Ombudsman to reconsider its decision to clear former president Benigno Aquino III of liabilities in the Disbursement Acceleration Program. File photo by Gil Nartea

Belgica files disbarment case vs Ombudsman Morales

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:34 PM

UPDATED Lawyer Oscar Franklin Tan points out however that the Ombudsman may only be disbarred after impeachment and conviction as the Constitution allows removal of the Ombudsman from office only through impeachment

DISBARMENT. Former Manila City councilor Greco Belgica says case buildup is also ongoing for a possible impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

Mighty Corporation, Yasay, Abad | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:01 PM

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Ex-budget chief Abad to be charged over DAP

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:10 PM

3rd UPDATE The Ombudsman indicts former budget secretary Florencio Abad for usurpation of legislative power but dismisses charges against ex president Benigno Aquino III

17th Congress of the Philippines: Will laws remain unfunded?

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The Congress that has made the most number of empty promises so far is the 15th Congress How will the 17th Congress fare?

UNFUNDED. Several laws passed since 1991 remain without funding.

Complaint filed with Ombudsman vs Aquino, Abad

Jul 08, 2016 - 11:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Progressive groups say former President Aquino and former Budget Secretary Abad face charges of technical malversation usurpation of legislative powers and graft and corruption over the DAP

NO IMMUNITY. Progressive groups file charges against former President Benigno Aquino III a week after he stepped down from office. (L) Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler; (R) Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

The President's men, 6 years after

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Whom did President Benigno Aquino III listen to when he had to grapple with policy issues? How was he like to members of the Cabinet? Did he play favorites? How has he evolved in the past 6 years?

PRESIDENT'S MEN. President Benigno Aquino III and some members of his inner circle – Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Affairs Secretary Rene Almendras, and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.

DBM blocking benefits of PAO lawyers? Both have basis – DOJ

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas says both parties arguments prescind from a divergence in the interpretation of the PAO law and the Prosecution Service Act of 2010

WITH LEGAL BASIS. While the Department of Justice is 'constrained' in releasing its opinion, Secretary Emmanuel Caparas says both the Public Attorney's Office and the Department of Budget and Management have legal basis for their arguments.

Int'l donor agencies laud PH for budget reforms – DBM

Jun 19, 2016 - 2:44 PM

According to the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability PEFA assessment report the country scored “satisfactory” in 19 out of 31 indicators

Gov't allots P16.7B for city roads in 2017 – DBM

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:27 PM

According to the budget department around P13 5 billion 287 93 million is allotted for KALSADA city projects while P3 2 billion 68 25 million will be used for the implementation of Bottom Up Budgeting initiatives

Proposed 2017 budget for local roads reaches P39B – DBM

Apr 22, 2016 - 7:15 PM

By the end of 2017 all 81 provinces will be covered by the provincial roads rehabilitation program the Department of Budget and Management says

PAO retirees: 'We're not second-class lawyers, citizens'

Apr 12, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The lawyers say what has kept them going is their love for their calling and their passion to help the poor

Ruling party pays tribute to LP great Jovito Salonga

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:30 AM

LP stalwarts including party standard bearer Mar Roxas pay tribute to one of the country s most esteemed statesmen

LEGACY. The ruling Liberal Party pays its respect to one of its greats, the late Senate President Jovito Salonga. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

3 cabinet members say Negros Occidental trip for work, not for campaign

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:47 PM

The cabinet secretaries met with beneficiaries of the government s Bottom up Budgeting BUB program and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program 4Ps

Photo by Marchel Espina / Rappler

Inside Balay: Who's who in the Roxas campaign

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:13 PM

It s a mix of family members former and current government officials and LP and coalition stalwarts

YELLOW CAMPAIGN. Who are Roxas' most trusted people in his 2016 run? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Central Visayas gets P1.83B for BUB projects

Feb 19, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Of the P24 7 billion allocation from 2016 national budget Cebu gets P1 billion from the total BUB share

ALOGUINSAN’S HIDDEN BEACH. Hidden behind thick trees, this pristine beach is only one among southern Cebu’s beautiful beaches. Photo courtesy of Sheilamei Abellanoza and Gian Carlo Jubela

PH gov't records P6B surplus in November

Jan 07, 2016 - 5:54 PM

This is the fourth time in 2015 that the government achieves a budget surplus

TRIM. The fiscal performance in November trimmed the year-to-date deficit to P46.5 billion ($987.95 million). File image

On Mar Roxas: Right message, wrong messenger

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:01 PM

People who support Mayor Rodrigo Duterte do so because of a perceived collapse of law and order and the administration of justice

Aquino pushes bill to raise gov't workers' salaries

Nov 09, 2015 - 11:30 AM

For covered employees the compensation package includes a salary increase a mid year 14th month pay and an enhanced performance based bonus system

'RAISE GOV'T SALARIES.' President Benigno Aquino III pushes a bill to raise government workers' salaries. File photo by Lauro Montellano Jr/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Binay: Yolanda rehab a 'management disaster'

Nov 07, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Binay tells typhoon victims Alam ko Dama ko Laki ho ako sa mahirap I know it I feel it I grew up poor

Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Super Typhoon Yolanda recovery halfway done – NEDA

Nov 05, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Gov’t says Yolanda recovery is entering its medium term phase and full recovery will only come in 2017

HALFWAY DONE. NEDA chief Arsenio M Balisacans says providing the full range of resettlement housing and large infrastructure projects such as municipal buildings in Yolanda-hit areas should be completed by 2017. File photo

Robredo’s numbers, Mendoza in UN, Air France strike | 6PM wRap

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:51 PM

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