House minority bloc to Comelec: Replace Smartmatic or no 2019 budget

The House minority bloc will move for the rejection of the 2019 budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) if it would not replace Smartmatic as its vote-counting machines (VCMs) provider, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez and Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza warned on Thursday. At a media forum in Quezon City, Suarez and Atienza criticized anew the alleged “lapses” and “irregularities” committed by the election technology firm during the 2016 polls.

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Gov’t allots P448M to support workers, enterprises in Boracay

Gov’t allots P448M to support workers, enterprises in Boracay

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allocated P448 million budget for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to assist the displaced workers in Malay, Aklan following the six-month closure of the Boracay island.

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Shutdown starts at midnight as US Senate adjourns with no spending bill

Shutdown starts at midnight as US Senate adjourns with no spending bill

The United States government was assured on Thursday of careening into a shutdown at midnight after the Senate adjourned with no vote on a measure to extend federal funding beyond the 12:00 a.m. deadline.

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Bato defends purchase of K9: Can body cams prevent bomb explosions?

Bato defends purchase of K9: Can body cams prevent bomb explosions?

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa defended on Thursday the decision to prioritize the purchase of around P26 million worth of bomb-sniffing dogs over the procurement of body-worn cameras for their anti-illegal drugs operations.

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DBM bids for 100% increase in military, police pay

DBM bids for 100% increase in military, police pay

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno announced on Friday that the proposal to increase the salaries of the military and the uniformed personnel (MUP) is now in the hands of Congress.

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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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