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NBI recommends charges vs Aquino, Garin, Abad over Dengvaxia mess

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation sends its findings to the Ombudsman, saying former president Benigno Aquino III is liable for technical malversation, and former health secretary Janette Garin for graft, among others

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, Garin, Abad expected to face DOJ panel over Dengvaxia

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III, ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, and ex-health secretary Janette Garin are expected to submit their counter-affidavits to the Department of Justice

CRIMINAL RAPS. The Dengvaxia controversy continues to hound former president Benigno Aquino III and his administration.

'What were they thinking?': Robredo, LP solons criticized for Holocaust Memorial photo

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM

In the photo, Robredo and LP solons were seen happily posing at a monument that honors the memories of the millions who lost their lives during the holocaust

DISRESPECTFUL. Vice President Leni Robredo and Liberal Party lawmakers are criticized online for posing happily in a photo at the holocaust memorial in Berlin. Photo from Rep. Teddy Baguilat's Twitter account.

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Apr 11, 2018 - 1:36 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Aquino denies election offenses linked to Dengvaxia

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(UPDATED) 'Klaro naman pong harassment ang punto,' says former president Benigno Aquino III as he appears before the Commission on Elections over alleged election offenses linked to the government's dengue immunization program

Former President Benigno Aquino III answers charges of election offenses in a press conference at the Comelec office in Manila on March 15, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Feb 26, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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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

Aquino, Sanofi, DOH officials face graft complaint over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The VACC, VPCI, and physician Francisco Cruz claim that the accused government officials 'anomalously' funded the immunization program and favored Sanofi to procure the vaccine

ACCUSED. Former president Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by his former budget chief Florencio Abad (L) and ex-executive secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr at a Senate hearing in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aquino, Garin, 7 others on immigration lookout over Dengvaxia

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:45 AM

The immigration lookout bulletin order comes after Gabriela filed a graft complaint stemming from the dengue immunization program that began during the Aquino administration

Aquino, Garin, Abad, Ochoa face raps over dengue vaccine

Dec 22, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The 23-page complaint also implicates private respondents from French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur

At Senate, Aquino faces Dengvaxia controversy head-on

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) Former president Benigno Aquino III says his administration implemented the controversial dengue vaccination program in good faith

OATH OF TRUTH. Ex-budget secretary Florencio Abad, ex-president Noynoy Aquino, and ex-executive secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr swear their oath to tell the truth at the Senate hearing on December 4. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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.

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

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

DOJ sets up task force for new pork barrel scam probe

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the task force is set up to correct the 'miscarriage of justice' in the probe carried out by the Aquino administration

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

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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

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

Duterte slams Aquino, Abad, Trillanes over DAP

Apr 02, 2017 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says former president Benigno Aquino III and former budget secretary Florencio Abad disregarded a constitutional ruling against DAP

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.

CODE-NGO to Diokno: Reconsider plan to drop BUB

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

The Caucus of Development NGO Networks urges budget secretary Benjamin Diokno to review of the bottom up budgeting program before pushing through with their plan

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

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ 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.

PAO retirees accuse DBM, Abad of blocking retirement benefits

Jun 07, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Retired government lawyers file a complaint before a Quezon City court

RETIRED PAY. Retired lawyers of the Public Attorney's Office accuse the budget department of blocking their retirement pay.

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

Gov't allots P35B for 2017 'Bottom-up' budget

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:04 PM

The proposed amount is higher by P10 3 billion 223 39 million from this year s allocation of P24 7 billion 535 91 million

DBM releases P12.3 billion in irrigation funds

Mar 02, 2016 - 7:59 PM

P11 8 billion will be used for the expansion of irrigation across the country while the remaining P500 million is for NIA s Quick Response Funds

THIRSTY RICE. Palay is particularly sensitive to drought conditions because it depends on a stable supply of water to grow. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Higher budget for provincial roads, infrastructure in 2017 – Abad

Jan 16, 2016 - 7:29 PM

UPDATED 5 months before its term ends the Aquino administration promises higher budget for infrastructure in 2017

Filipinos ride a jeepney, a popular mode of transport, at a road in the typhoon hit town of San Julian, Samar island, Philippines, 10 December 2014. Typhoon Hagupit slammed into the eastern coast of Samar Island, 560 kilometres south-east of Manila on 06 December, destroying more than 30,000 homes, knocking out power and damaging some key infrastructures. Some roads were impassable due to floods, landslides and toppled trees or electric posts. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

DBM: Enough funds in 2016 budget for RH law

Jan 15, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad says the health department can draw at the very least around P900 million from different fund sources to buy family planning commodities

ENOUGH FUNDS. A volunteer from the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines shows some sample of oral and injectable contraceptives along with male and female condoms at their office in Quezon City

Local governments' IRA share grows by 62% during Aquino's term – Abad

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:45 AM

For 2016 the country s 43 000 local government units have a P428 62 billion share in the internal revenue allotment compared to P265 8 billion in 2010

PH gov't to spend P6.5B to upgrade provincial roads in 2016

Jan 03, 2016 - 9:52 PM

The Philippine government lays out plans to improve roads in 73 provinces

STRATEGIC INVESTMENT. Referred to as the 'missing middle,' the KALSADA program will have a large impact on making provinces, cities, and municipalities more business-friendly and competitive. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Gov’t subsidies to GOCCs at P55.82B as of September

Nov 08, 2015 - 11:27 PM

The level of subsides given was 10 27 lower than the same period last year while gov’t spending is 14 below target as of the end of September

Congressman on 'student labor' budget: Abad doesn't get the point

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the role of students in the university is to study and not to do voluntary manual labor of work that should be done by government contractors

PH gov't records P15B surplus in August

Oct 01, 2015 - 5:47 PM

For the first 7 months of the year the government incurs a deficit of P3 4 billion significantly lower than the programmed deficit of P197 2 billion

LOWER. Data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) shows the government's' budget surplus for the month is 50% below the year-ago level of P29.9 billion ($639.99 million). File photo from Agence France-Presse

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Sep 30, 2015 - 7:21 PM

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Abad, DBM usec face Ombudsman probe over DAP

Sep 30, 2015 - 4:52 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman says a special panel of lawyers had been constituted to conduct the preliminary investigation on Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Undersecretary Mario Relampagos

HYPOCRITE. Budget secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad says Vice President Jejomar Binay exposed his true self when he contradicted himself after resignation.

DBM releases P9.41B for building 6,000 new classrooms

Sep 23, 2015 - 5:08 PM

The highest allocation will go to Calabarzon P2 17 billion followed by the National Capital Region P1 29 billion and Western Visayas P1 2 billion

MORE CLASSROOMS. Teachers from the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School console their students throwing a fit during the opening of classes in Quezon City on Monday. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Butch Abad's estranged brother joins Binay party

Sep 14, 2015 - 2:41 PM

UPDATED Nicanor Abad elder brother of President Aquino s budget secretary will challenge Butch Abad s wife in the congressional race in their home province of Batanes

ALLIES. Nicanor Abad (3rd from left), Batanes Governor Vicente Gato (2nd from left), and Vice Governor Ronaldo Aguto (left) swear before Vice President Jejomar Binay as new members of the United Nationalist Alliance. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Binay SONA fact check: Total budgets of SUCs increase under Aquino

Aug 06, 2015 - 7:01 PM

However a check on the budgets of the 4 schools that Vice President Binay mentioned in his speech shows he got it right about decreases on certain years

Budget chief denies not releasing Yolanda funds

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:43 PM

Former rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson supports claims by a UN rapporteur that the government has not rebuilt enough for Yolanda survivors

GRIM REMINDER. This grounded ship reminds passersby about Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that killed residents in this danger zone. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

4 urgent economic concerns for Aquino's successor

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:30 PM

President Aquino failed to address these economists say

INCLUSIVE GROWTH? Despite the economical advances, there are still many Filipinos who consider themselves poor. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

P3 trillion: PH's biggest nat'l budget submitted to Congress

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:45 PM

Social and economic services get the biggest chunk of the budget – P1 1 trillion

SUBMITTED. The Department of Budget and Management submits to the House of Representatives the proposed budget for 2016. Rappler photo

Expectations, predictions for Aquino's final SONA

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Will President Benigno Aquino III name his anointed successor or mention the Mamasapano massacre? Politicians share what they expect to hear on the President s last State of the Nation Address

AQUINO LEGACY. A file photo shows President Benigno Aquino III giving his 5th State of the Nation Address with Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker of the House of Representatives Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Philippines hikes defense budget amid China tensions

Jul 21, 2015 - 2:58 PM

The proposed 2016 national budget reserves a record P25 billion for defense spending

HAND-ME-DOWN. The Philippine Navy's most capable warship, BRP Ramon Alcaraz, is an excess defense article from the US Coast Guard. Rappler file photo Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler