It will earmark P10 billion for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement fund, P5 billion of which will be allotted to farm mechanization and P3 billion to seedlings. The fund intends to ensure that rice imports won’t drown out the agriculture sector and rob farmers of their livelihood.
MALACANANG and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno yesterday expressed hope the next set of lawmakers that will be elected in May 2019 will be “friendlier” to the administration after the proposed 2019 national budget failed to pass in Congress on time.
“I will hamlet them. Why? Because if they remain scattered, they are really in danger. I cannot get their loyalty if they are scattered because they are afraid to be away from each other. Kamong mga nitibo [you natives],” Duterte said in a mix of English and Bisaya.
BUDGET Secretary Benjamin Diokno has been directed not to attend the upcoming inquiry of the House of Representatives into the alleged “insertions” in the proposed 2019 national budget amid concerns of possible unparliamentary treatment by lawmakers, Malacañang said yesterday.
THERE is no stopping President Rodrigo Duterte from signing the bill abolishing the Road Board, Malacañang said Tuesday, despite the clash of the House and the Senate over the fate of the graft-tainted body.
MALACAÑANG yesterday congratulated Catriona Gray for winning the Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand, saying her victory “sets the bar high in empowering more Filipino women to believe in themselves and to fight for their own place in the universe.”
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is the “single biggest influencing voice” in the country’s push for the legalization of medical marijuana and he could have influenced Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s stance on the issue, Malacañang said yesterday.
COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Martin Andanar yesterday denied that the staff of President Rodrigo Duterte told the priests and other Catholic officials to leave during the ceremonial turnover of the Balangiga bells in the Eastern Samar town.
President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) the power to fill in certain temporary vacant positions in the local government to prevent paralysis of government operations.