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Recto: P130B ‘missing’ from Malampaya fund

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THE Malampaya gas drilling project has generated a total of P170 billion in revenues for the government since it started in 2000, but the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is clueless as to where a P130-billion chunk of it went, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

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Palace confirms Zamboanga crisis is over

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MANILA -- Malacañang on Saturday confirmed that the deadly three-week standoff between government troops and Muslim rebels who held nearly 200 people hostage in Zamboanga City has ended with all of the captives safe.

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BIR seeks IRS help in finding Napoles assets in United States

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MANILA --  The Bureau of Internal Revenue expects its American counterpart — the Internal Revenue Service — to help find any assets that Janet Lim Napoles and her family may have in the United States.

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Aquino passes blame on ‘pork’ scam to Arroyo

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MANILA -- Bristling at the tag “pork barrel king,’’ President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday accused his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, of accumulating close to P1 trillion in discretionary fund to stay in power.

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Fil-Ams blocking sale of Napoles US assets

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LOS ANGELES -- Filipino American community leaders are vehemently blocking the sale of the luxury condominium unit owned by Jeane Napoles, daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, at the high-rise Ritz Carlton on suspicion it was acquired with ill-gotten money.

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Post-impeachment pork: Drilon, Enrile top list

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Twenty senators received a total of P1.107 billion in additional pork barrel a few months after they voted to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona last year.

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Unfazed, US to fund local NGOs

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MANILA -- Amid the pork barrel scam that may well have tainted the image of the country’s thriving nongovernment organization community, the United States on Monday announced a P984-million ($24 million) grant-giving facility that aims to fund over the next five years deserving Philippine NGOs in pursuing “innovative solutions [to] the country’s development challenges.”

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Arroyo, 3 Cabinet men charged with plunder

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Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, three of her Cabinet secretaries and 20 others were charged with plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009.

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House OKs P2.268-T 2014 budget on Second reading

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MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Saturday pass on second reading the proposed P2.268 trillion 2014 national budget, even as lawmakers rush to include their respective congressional infrastructure projects under the now “porkless” expenditure program.

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Misuari et al. charged with rebellion, crimes against humanity

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ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The police announced Thursday they have filed charges of rebellion and crimes against humanity versus Moro National Liberation Front founder Nur Misuari and 82 of his followers in connection with the three-week-long siege of Zamboanga City in which more than 200 persons were killed and tens of thousands forced out of their homes.

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