2-Year Stalemate Ends

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Byline: By FRED LOBO

THE Senate and House of Representatives bi-cameral conference committee finally agreed on the proposed 2007 R1.126-trillion national budget, after a two-year stalemate.

Money matters. Better late than never!

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The eventual ratification of the conference committee report and enactment of the proposed 2007 General Appropriations Act (GAA) will enable the national government to address the urgent concerns of the people, including the holding of elections.

Have funds, we'll travel - and go to the polls too.

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For the past two fiscal years, the government has been operating under the reenacted 2004 national budget because neither the Senate nor the House would budge from their positions.

Not just a reenacted but a crucified budget.

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The Commission on Elections vows to ensure honest, orderly, and peaceful elections in May, with the PNP in charge of securing polling places and providing overall security in the distribution of election paraphernalia.

Hi, ho! Hi, ho! Off to the precincts we go!

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Comelec Chairman Ben Abalos Sr. and PNP Chief Director General Oscar Calderon say that the police will neutralize "private armed groups'' or PAGs.

Armed and dangerous. PAGtitirisin niyo yan!

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Concerned agencies, including all 17 PNP regional directors, will continue to map out strategies to ensure the holding of honest, orderly, and peaceful elections. …