Senate leadership backs filing raps vs ex-DOTr execs in MRT mess

The Senate leadership has backed the filing of charges against former officials involved in the purchase of 48 “overweight and incompatible” China-made light rail vehicles (LRVs) for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), Senator Grace Poe said as she lamented the P526 million budget on the project that “went down the drain.”

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House restores CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets

The House of Representatives has restored the budgets of the agencies Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), which were earlier defunded with a P1,000 budget.

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Senate to work with House to find viable means on budget of CHR, 2 other agencies

Senate to work with House to find viable means on budget of CHR, 2 other agencies

The Senate would work to find a “reasonable middle ground” with the House of Representatives over the drastic difference between the two chambers’ proposed budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and two other agencies, according to Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

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CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets to go to free higher education

CHR, ERC, NCIP budgets to go to free higher education

“The budget will form part of the pool of funds to finance the free higher education law,” appropriations committee chair Rep. Karlo Nograles said.

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Diokno not worried about nat’l budget ‘deadlock’ over CHR allocation

Benjamin Diokno budget secretary

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Thursday expressed doubt that the clashing views of the House of Representatives and the Senate on the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) budget would lead to a “deadlock” in the 2018 national budget.

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Trillanes wants ‘Tokhang’ budget realigned to military intel fund

Trillanes wants ‘Tokhang’ budget realigned to military intel fund

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants a portion of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s P900 million fund for its anti-drug campaign “Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded” realigned to the intelligence fund of the military considering the situation in Marawi City.

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