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Solons back P1.4 B budget for PDEA

As Left-leaning solons questioned the proposed additional P900 million for the police war against illegal drugs, a similar adjustment for the Philipine Drug Enforcement Agency has won strong approval among congressmen.

LAGUNA Lake was singled out by President Duterte as one problem needing immediate attention in his first State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) in July, 2016. Each time he flew to Davao, City, he said then, he looked down and saw the lake filled with fish pens, and he thought of the poor fishermen who depended on the lake for their livelihood. He then called for the clearing of the lake along with action to stop watershed destruction and lake pollution.

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At least P14 billion has been allocated in the proposed P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018 to fund the hiring of additional soldiers, policemen, firefighters, and jail guards as requested by President Duterte, a House leader said yesterday.

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Two House of Representatives committees were asked to conduct a congressional investigation, in aid of legislation, into the alleged tax evasion activities of a local cigarette manufacturer that deprived government of over P1 billion in taxes.

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Incoming President Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” R. Duterte will name Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, as the new Budget Secretary.

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