24 opposition lawmakers get zero infrastructure funding in 2018 budget

MANILA, Philippines – The era of zero pet project for opposition lawmakers has returned. Some 24 members of the House of Representatives, the majority of them from the opposition bloc, will not get any infrastructure projects for their districts or beneficiaries in the newly-signed budget for 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the P3.767 trillion budget […].....»»

Category: newsSource: interaksyon interaksyonDec 19th, 2017

24 opposition lawmakers get zero infrastructure funding in 2018 budget

MANILA, Philippines – The era of zero pet project for opposition lawmakers has returned. Some 24 members of the House of Representatives, the majority of them from the opposition bloc, will not get any infrastructure projects for their districts or beneficiaries in the newly-signed budget for 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the P3.767 trillion budget […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Lagman denies getting ‘pork’ in 2019 budget

Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman on Tuesday belied claims that he was among those congressmen who benefited from the "P55-billion insertions" in the proposed 2019 budget.   "I never lobbied for any project," he told reporters in an interview when asked about claims that P1.29 billion was allocated to his district.   "I have no participation whatsoever in the allocation of funds or the funding of projects as contained in the President's National Expenditure Program (NEP)," he added in a statement.   Lagman even found it ironic that he, an opposition lawmaker, would receive such an amount after he got zero infrastructure budget in 2018 under former ...Keep on reading: Lagman denies getting ‘pork’ in 2019 budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Floirendo says zero-infra budget more of ‘political vendetta’

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' nemesis, Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., has broken his silence on the zero infrastructure funding his district received for 2018, saying his former friend's leadership of the House had become a "liability" under the Duterte administration. "I am not an opposition. This is more of a political vendetta," Floirendo said in a statement issued on Thursday. Floirendo is one of 24 House members who ended up with zero or vastly reduced infrastructure funds after last-minute changes made during bicameral discussions on the P3.767-trillion budget signed by the President on Tuesday. "The zero-budget given to my district at the instance of Speaker Pan...Keep on reading: Floirendo says zero-infra budget more of ‘political vendetta’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Opposition lawmakers decry zero infra budget

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz OPPOSITION LAWMAKERS who will be getting zero infrastructure allocation next year said the removal of their budget was an act of “revenge” and “punishment” by the ruling party in the House of Representatives. The General Appropriations Act for 2018, contained under Republic Act (RA) No. 10964, was signed by […] The post Opposition lawmakers decry zero infra budget appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

24 ‘critical’ House lawmakers get ‘zero’ budget for infrastructure projects in 2018–Lagman

AT LEAST 24 lawmakers at the House of Representatives received “zero” appropriation for their infrastructure projects in the P3.8-trillion national budget for 2018 for being critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, a legislator from the opposition said on Wednesday. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, the leader of the opposition bloc known as the Magnificent 7, said [...] The post 24 ‘critical’ House lawmakers get ‘zero’ budget for infrastructure projects in 2018–Lagman appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Trump budget plan shows how he would reshape nation – CNN News

An early glimpse at President Donald Trump's first budget proposal offers the clearest blueprint yet of how he plans to remake the nation. The plan envisages a 10% hike in military spending to be paid for by sharp cuts in other government departments, with the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency each bracing for a particularly painful hit. If enacted, the plan would involve a radical domestic reshaping of the federal government paired with a shift in the posture of American diplomacy around the world. It is an approach that flows directly from the rhetoric and positions adopted by Trump on the campaign trail playing to his grass-roots supporters' deep distrust of Washington and his &'8220;America First&'8221; political creed. &'8220;This is a landmark event, a message to the world, in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve,&'8221; Trump said Monday. The budget plan comes at a time when the administration is making strenuous efforts to flesh out the ideological and political foundations on which the new GOP White House is built. Top officials, including the President, previewed a strident change of political direction at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week, and Trump will intensify the effort with his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night &'8212; a crucial moment for the new administration. But the controversial nature of Trump's emerging budget &'8212; always a magnet for partisan opposition &'8212; guarantees a fight that will test the White House's capacity to corral lawmakers and shape public opinion. It also demonstrates a desire to boost military might and de-emphasize diplomatic reductions that will reverberate in foreign capitals of friends and foes alike. Already, a cadre of retired generals and admirals has warned that cutting State Department funding on diplomacy and development would make America less safe. Democrats say they will use every tool at their disposal, which includes the power of the filibuster in the Senate, to block Trump's plans. The President could also face resistance from Republican budget hawks in Congress. Defense hawks, meanwhile, are arguing that the $54 billion dollar hike in defense spending is not enough after years of budget sequestration that capped military funding. It is not yet clear exactly where the cuts will come from. Monday's announcement involved top-line numbers from the 2018 budget sent to government agencies that must now work out how to adjust their spending. Any budget issued by the White House is merely an opening bid, and many soon become worthless documents once Congress, with its competing demands on the public purse, gets to work. Democrats, who could try to frustrate Trump by refusing to lift caps on defense spending by wielding the Senate filibuster, sensed a political opportunity to undercut Trump's appeal to working-class voters as they try to rebuild their party's support ahead of midterm elections next year. &'8220;The budget proposal is a reflection of where the President is at and who he is (and) what today's hard-right Republican party &'8212; which has done this budget through its Cabinet &'8212; believes in,&'8221; said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. &'8220;Which is relieve the burdens on the wealthy and special interests, whether they be coal companies or financiers, and put the burden on the middle class.&'8221; But Trump styles himself as a shrewd negotiator steeped in the give-and-take of real estate transactions and is known for making the kinds of bold opening gambits that the budget announcement on Monday represents. The proposals were also formulated directly from the fiery speeches of the President's campaign, which underpinned his belief that he has a mandate for radical change and might make any compromise harder. &'8220;When you see these reductions, you'll be able to tie it back to a speech the President gave, or something the President had said previously,&'8221; Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters on Monday. &'8220;We are taking his words and turning them into policies and dollars.&'8221; The goals are consistent with the theory of Trumpism laid out by the President's political adviser, Steve Bannon, at CPAC last week, which included a push to &'8220;deconstruct the administrative state.&'8221; Indeed, the budget would remold the federal government by paring back programs introduced by the Obama administration &'8212; for example, EPA regulations on the fossil fuels industry &'8212; and other agency reductions. In practice, according to Mulvaney, that involves a sweeping reset of political priorities. &'8220;It is a true 'America first' budget,&'8221; said Mulvaney. &'8220;It will show the President is keeping his promises and doing exactly what he said he was going to do when he ran for office. It prioritized rebuilding the military, including restoring our nuclear capabilities, protecting the nation and securing the border, enforcing the laws currently on the books, taking care of vets and increasing school choice.&'8221; Still, with Trump vowing not to touch popular non-discretionary spending targets like Medicare and Social Security, his budget team faces a tortuous task in wringing out savings at agencies while preserving room for Trump's promised big tax cuts. Every dollar that is cut from discretionary spending could affect other popular and vital programs, including transportation, conservation, agriculture and commerce &'8212; all of which have powerful lobbies ready to go into battle for their funding. And Trump does not want to tighten the national belt everywhere. For instance, he is proposing spending billions of dollars on his pet project of a southern border wall, though he has promised [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Andaya says Sorsogon got P10B in infra projects

  Sorsogon province received P10 billion for infrastructure projects in 2018 alone from the national government, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Wednesday.   "For your information, Sorsogon is the champion (in terms of funding) this year," Andaya said at a news conference.   Another P6 billion for Sorsogon was in the budget that the national government wanted to rush for approval, said the lawmaker from Camarines Sur. "We saw what happened when you rush the budget. The projects go to just one contractor."   Andaya said Bulacan-based CT Leoncio Construction and Trading cornered P2.5 billion of the P10 billion released to Sorsogon thi...Keep on reading: Andaya says Sorsogon got P10B in infra projects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Congress eyes temporary budget as U.S. shutdown deadline looms

WASHINGTON DC, USA – US lawmakers will resort to passing a short-term federal spending deal next week to avoid an embarrassing government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday, January 12, as prospects for a long-term 2018 agreement dimmed. A move to extend temporary funding beyond the January 19 deadline would ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Alvarez says budget slash for opposition is ‘essence of democracy’

MANILA, Philippines – In December, he defended depriving opposition lawmakers of district budgets for 2018 as a way to fund newly-created programs of the Duterte administration:  full tuition subsidy in state colleges and universities  and the  salary increases for uniformed personnel .  Now, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the budget slash is the "essence of democracy," pointing out that the practice of withholding allocations for legislators ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

We don’t live by infra projects alone –– Lagman

OPPOSITION solons do not live by infrastructures alone. This was the message of opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman to the House leadership, who has decided to cut the budget for the infrastructure projects of the “undesirable” lawmakers. “The enduring verity that man shall not live by bread alone is a truism….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Malacañang denies hand in budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday, December 21, denied it had any hand in the bugdet cuts and  zero allocations for districts of some opposition lawmakers for 2018. "We had nothing to do with whatever decision both houses of Congress had on the alleged deprivation of projects as far ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Alvarez hits back: Party-list critics may be getting rebel taxes; Lagman must explain use of P3.8B

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday stood pat on his decision to purge the projects of opposition and several lawmakers from the 2018 budget to reallocate the fund for "other priorities.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Alvarez defends budget cuts for opposition lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday, December 21, confirmed that allocations for the districts of several lawmakers, including some from the opposition, had been slashed from the 2018 budget.  Alvarez defended this move. "The funds slashed from some projects of the opposition and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

2 Makabayan lawmakers: We have no infra funds because we didn’t propose projects for 2018

Two party-list lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc clarified that no budget for infrastructure projects were removed from their offices because they did not propose projects for 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Diokno on Duterte, Crime rate down, Tropical Depression Vinta | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says President Rodrigo Duterte spent his confidential and intelligence funds 'better than the past administrations.'  Opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives slam the removal of their budgets for 2018, calling it an assault to democracy.  Data from the Philippine National Police claims the volume of crimes in the Philippines dropped ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov t shutdown

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The US Congress, facing an end-of-week deadline, passed a funding stopgap measure Thursday, December 7, that averts a government shutdown and provides lawmakers and President Donald Trump with breathing room to strike a 2018 budget deal. The Senate easily passed the bipartisan measure that funds government ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Bayan Muna presses DOE oil data to fight overpricing

MANILA, Philippines --- As consumers braced for higher oil prices and a new round of excise tax on fuel products, lawmakers urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to release its "long overdue" memorandum itemizing oil prices in the country to identify overpricing companies.   Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi ordered the unbundling of prices of petroleum products in June 2018. The proposal faced strong opposition from oil firms, who argued that it is not needed in a deregulated market.   Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate and Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares said Thursday the memorandum could help consumers facing increasing oil prices and the implementation of the second tr...Keep on reading: Bayan Muna presses DOE oil data to fight overpricing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Infrastructure-to-GDP ratio likely eased to 6.2% in 2018

Infrastructure spending likely reached 6.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, according to the Department of Budget and Management......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

Andaya justifies review of draft spending bill

The worsening budget deficit of the government should prompt lawmakers to recognize that the proposed P3.8-trillion national budget for 2019 is "out of touch with reality," House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Monday. At the same time, the Camarines Sur representative said Congress should "reexamine" the draft spending bill, which was still pending in the Senate after Andaya and other House members questioned "insertions" in the expenditure program submitted by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno. Economic pinch "We are walking on a tightrope and we need a really good balancing act ... The numbers for 2018, as far as the country's fiscal deficit is concerned, do not loo...Keep on reading: Andaya justifies review of draft spending bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

‘Build, Build, Build’ widened budget deficit by 96% to P477.2B at end-November

  The budget deficit almost doubled to P477.2 billion at end-November as the growth in government spending on public goods and services, especially infrastructure, outpaced revenue collections during the first 11 months. The latest Bureau of Treasury data released Thursday showed that the 11-month deficit ran by the national government was 96-percent wider than the P243.5 billion posted a year ago. In a statement, the Treasury noted that the fiscal deficit as of November already accounted for 91 percent of the 2018 program worth P523.7 billion, a cap equivalent to 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). The Duterte administration had programmed yearly budget deficit c...Keep on reading: ‘Build, Build, Build’ widened budget deficit by 96% to P477.2B at end-November.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018