[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 14 August 2009 Friday
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Newsbriefs 14 August 2009 Friday
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
PALACE TO PROPOSE P 1.54 TRILLION BUDGET (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines-Malacañang will propose a P1.54 trillion budget for 2010, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya said Friday.
Andaya said the 2010 outlay was eight percent or P115 billion higher than this year's P1.415 national budget.
But the Palace has yet to come up with detailed appropriations, he said.
"No details yet. It's still a general framework," Andaya told reporters at the Senate after attending a hearing on the alleged premature campaign spending by several Cabinet officials.
ARROYO SPENT P 2.7 B FOR FOREIGN TRIPS - SOLON (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had spent P2.7 billion for her foreign trips since 2001, or P1.6 billion more than the P1.1 billion budgeted for the period, a lawmaker said Friday, citing what he said were records from the Commission on Audit.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Bukidnon Representative Teofisto Guingona said Ms Arroyo spent P722 million for foreign trips in 2008 alone, or nearly three times the P244 million allocation for the year.
Citing COA records, Guingona also said Ms Arroyo exceeded her P800 million contingent fund budget in 2008 by P120 million in alleged violation of government spending rules.
SUAREZ: I NORMALLY HOST PGMA'S DINNERS (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA - Quezon province Rep. Danilo Suarez admitted on Friday to being a generous companion of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, hosting dinners for her even during "state visits."
"You can ask. If there's a state visit, I normally do that," Suarez told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG), as he admitted to footing the $15,000 dinner tab of President Arroyo and her 65-person entourage at the Bobby Van's Steakhouse in Washington D.C. last July 30.
If he is with Mrs. Arroyo during state visits and he knows a famous restaurant, Suarez said, "Niyayaya ko talaga silang kumain (I really invite them to eat)."
ARREST EXECS ABSENT FROM POL AD PROBE - SENATOR (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2) Cabinet officials who did not show up in the Senate hearing on political advertisements have been threatened with arrest if they would fail again to attend its next hearing.
An angry Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago also asked the public not to vote in next year's elections those absent officials.
"Yung hindi dumating, hahabulin ko. Biruin mo gusto pang maging senador.?"Kaya huwag nyong iboto lahat yang mga yan," she said.
'EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE WON'T BE INVOKED IN INFOMERCIAL PROBE' (www.philstar.com)
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang yesterday said it would not stop any Cabinet official from appearing in congressional investigations into the so-called "informercials" that critics believe are tantamount to early campaigning for the 2010 elections.
Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he believes involved Cabinet officials have nothing to hide.
"I think there would be cooperation and explanation forthcoming (from the Cabinet officials)," Bello said.
ARROYO SIGNS MAGNA CARTA OF WOMEN (www.gmanews.tv)
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday signed into law the measure prohibiting discrimination against women, and recognizing and promoting their rights.
Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, signed at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace, ensures women's equitable participation and representation in government, political parties, international bodies, civil service and the private sector.
Witnessing the signing ceremony were Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri and House Speaker Prospero Nograles.
RA 9710 renames the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women as the Philippine Commission on Women, which will be the primary policy-making and coordinating body for women and gender equality concerns.
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