The approval of the budget bill was contraryto the 2019 budget, which was delayed until April./PN Days after President Rodrigo Duterte certified the measure as urgent, the House of Representatives “hastily” approves the passage of the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget. ABS-CBN NEWS House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano thanked hisfellow congressmen for passing a “quality people’s budget in record time.” The six lawmakers who opposed the passage ofthe budget bill were opposition congressmen Carlos Zarate, Eufemia Cullamat andFerdinand Gaite of Bayan Muna, Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, France Castro of ACTTeachers, and Sarah Elago of Kabataan. “The House sacrificed the proper scrutiny ofprograms and projects of the Duterte administration just to railroad theapproval of the 2020 national budget,” Zarate said. In a 257-6 voting on Friday, the Houseapproved on second and third reading House Bill No. 4228 or the proposednational budget for next year. MANILA – Days after President Rodrigo Dutertecertified the measure as urgent, the House of Representatives railroaded thepassage of the P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget. The proposed budget was the first to breach P4trillion. It prioritized funding for education, infrastructure, security,universal health care and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. “Opomabilis po tayo pero hindi lang po sa budget.Our passing the budget on record time will give our standing and specialcommittees more time to exercise their oversight functions,” Cayetano said. Cayetano urged his colleagues to submit theiramendments to the proposed budget as he admitted that the expenditure plan fornext year was still “imperfect.” The approval of the measure came a month afterthe Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submitted its proposed NationalExpenditure Plan to the Congress on Aug. 20.
ELLSWORTH — Two of Hancock County’s top girls’ basketball teams bounced back from tough losses with hard-nosed wins in their recent contests.After a 39-35 loss to Greenville on Dec. 28 marked Deer Isle-Stonington’s first regular season defeat since January 2017, the Mariners got back on track last Monday with a 42-38 win over Shead in Eastport. The Mariners then began the new year in winning fashion Saturday with a 51-22 road victory over Machias.On Monday, Kaylee Morey notched 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals as Deer Isle-Stonington took over the No. 1 spot in Class D North with a 35-25 home win over Schenck. Deer Isle-Stonington (10-1) made it four straight wins Wednesday with a 56-21 win over Sumner in Sullivan.After a 49-18 loss at Old Town on Saturday, the Ellsworth girls (5-3) bounced back with a 40-23 road win Tuesday against Washington Academy (1-8). The Eagles earned the win despite missing both Trinity Montigny and Sierra Andrews, who were sidelined with illnesses.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDeer Isle-Stonington will host Machias in a rematch at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Ellsworth will host Maine Central Institute at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, and take on No. 1 Hermon at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.
After sweeping St. Cloud State in stunning fashion, the Badgers (30-4-2, 19-1-2 WCHA) face off against the No. 9 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the WCHA semifinal in Minneapolis Saturday.Both series between the two teams this season were close, with the last two matchups resulting in ties. Out of the four games that the Badgers and the Buckeyes played this season, each team has come out on top just once.The Badgers have not played Ohio State in WCHA playoff competition since 2010 when they lost two overtime games to the Buckeyes in the quarterfinal round. Despite their losing track record against the Buckeyes in previous postseason conference play, Wisconsin has enjoyed great success in the WCHA tournament.Women’s hockey: Badgers earn slew of WCHA Season HonorsIn what has already been a truly special season for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, four Badgers took Read…Since Mark Johnson took the reigns of the program in 2002, he has led the Badgers to victory in the WCHA semifinals 11 out of their 17 conference playoff appearances. The only time the Badgers did not advance past the quarterfinals of the WCHA tournament is when Johnson took a one-year sabbatical to coach the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team in 2010.With a history of WCHA Playoff dominance, the Badgers enter Saturday confident in their ability to perform at the highest level when it counts the most. The Badgers seem to be able to tap into this postseason momentum when it counts the most, especially against tough opponents like the Buckeyes.Aside from their domination of St. Cloud State last weekend, Wisconsin also enters the weekend with a flurry of accolades to their name.Senior captain Annie Pankowski was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Year as well as the WCHA Player of the Year. Also receiving WCHA awards were freshman Sophie Shirley for WCHA Freshman of the Year, junior goalie Kristen Campbell for WCHA Goaltender of the Year and Johnson for WCHA Coach of the Year.Yet these trophies aren’t a guarantee for postseason success. With an average of just two goals per game scored against the Buckeyes this season, the Badgers have largely struggled to achieve their characteristic offensive production when facing Ohio State.Women’s hockey: Badgers defeat St. Cloud State to advance to WCHA Final FaceoffLast weekend, the University of Wisconsin Badgers (30-4-2, 18-4-2 WCHA) took on St. Cloud State (10-25-2, 5-19) in the first Read…But coming off of their second-best offensive performance of the year against any opponent, look for the Badgers to come out swinging against a team that has stifled their production all season.The Badgers have struggled to close out games against the Buckeyes throughout the year but with the top offensive producer and goalie in the conference, it’s tough to bet against them.Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. Saturday evening from Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. The game can be listened to live on 100.9 FM.