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Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad is happy with the developments in the Senate panel probe on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, on behalf of President Aquino, conferred yesterday on outgoing Israeli Ambassador Menashe Bar-On the Order of Sikatuna, rank of Grand Cross at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

No untoward incident was reported in Central Mindanao during the celebration of the Islamic holiday of Eid’l Fitr yesterday.

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Soon stores and supermarkets may be penalized for not giving the exact change to their customers.

Twenty-one civilians, mostly women, were killed while 14 others were wounded when suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed yesterday morning in a Sulu village two vehicles taking residents to the town proper to celebrate Eid’l Fitr.

The House of Representatives remains committed to the reforms of the Aquino administration and to ensuring the passage of landmark legislation, including the Freedom of Information Bill as well as proposals to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday.

Senate President Franklin Drilon believes the Senate still deserves the respect of the public despite the controversies of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) coming one after the other.

Apparently preparing for a possible rejection of his appeal on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), President Aquinio announced in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) yesterday that he would seek a supplemental budget from Congress to get some projects going.

The Makati City regional trial court (RTC) has no objection to the transfer of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles from her detention cell at a police camp in Laguna to the Taguig City Jail female dormitory at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan.

Many came in color-coded fashion statements this time.

Thousands of demonstrators yesterday took to the streets to protest the “lies and failures” of the Aquino administration in addressing corruption and poverty as he delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Congress.

Choking with emotion, a teary-eyed President Aquino appealed yesterday to his “bosses” the people to continue supporting what he had started and achieved with their help.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), is sending a geologist to Kinatarcan islet in Santa Fe, northern Cebu following a sinkhole that formed in the area.