Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones maintains that the 2015 Budget is still filled with pork barrel, despite Supreme Court decisions on the unconstitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
This after her social watch Philippines studied the Bicameral Conference Committee version of the 2015 Budget which was ratified by both Houses of Congress last Monday.
The budget bill is now due for President Aquino’s signature. Continue reading


President Aquino partied with allies in the House of Representatives just hours after Congresss passed his 22.47B supplemental budget for 2014 and 2 days after Congress passed his 2.6 trillion peso national budget for 2015.
Aquino joined the congressmen’s christmas party at the speakers’ lobby at the back of the House of representatives. Continue reading