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‘Unprogrammed’ money tapped to raise P12B for calamity fund

By Angie M. Rosales 10/13/2009 Congress has opted to draw on so-called unprogrammed funds available to President Arroyo in this year’s budget to replenish the depleted calamity fund by P12 billion instead of enacting a P10-billion supplement for this year’s appropriation to pay for massive relief efforts as a result of the devastation caused by two strong typhoons that hit the country

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Comelec halts voter’s ID issuance due to ‘paper lack’

By Marie A. Surbano 10/13/2009 The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has stopped issuing voter’s identification cards allegedly due to the lack of paper used to manufacture such cards and at the same time to pave the way for the utilization of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, however, said individuals who already have obtained a voter’s ID can still use them in the simultaneous national and local elections next year as they will still be honored.