SONA 2014

Abad did not
sign DAP Saros

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad refrained from signing outgoing documents, including special allotment release orders and notices of cash allocation, six months after his appointment, according to a Department of Budget and Management memorandum obtained by the Inquirer.


Of 54 deals, 7
awarded so far

It has been battered and bruised but the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership program, whose implementers admit is still a work in progress, remains committed to getting crucial infrastructure projects off the ground.


Aquino on SC
case again

He ain’t done yet. Showing no worry over violating the sub judice rule, President Aquino on Wednesday used the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Apolinario Mabini, one of the Philippine Revolution’s most brilliant lawyers, to turn the tables on the Supreme Court, which had declared his Disbursement Acceleration Program unconstitutional.


SC junks BIR
request for SALNs

Supreme Court justices have rejected a six-month-old Bureau of Internal Revenue request for copies of their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) to “determine if they paid the right taxes.”


Firms still hit
by truck ban

Local companies continued to reel from a double whammy of double-digit losses in revenues and equally crippling surges in import- and export-related expenses, given the continued truck congestion and container pile-up at the Port of Manila.


Taiwan plane
crash kills 47

A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.


Day of mourning
for MH17 dead

Thousands of people in Amsterdam dressed in white marched solemnly along the city's canals on Wednesday in memory of the 298 people who died aboard flight MH17, most of them Dutch.


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