Congressmen told to take hint from Duterte on budget

Panfilo Lacson

SENATOR Panfilo “Ping” Lacson told the House of Representatives to take a hint from President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement he would not sign an illegal budget.

Lacson said that Duterte is correct in “not signing anything that would be an illegal document.”

“He (the President) is correct. What I can’t understand is why the House leadership cannot take the hint from President Duterte himself,” Lacson said.

Lacson earlier claimed that the House leadership manipulated parts of the P3.757-trillion proposed 2019 budget.  He said such manipulation took place after the budget had been ratified -- a violation of the legislative process and the 1987 Constitution.

Worse, Lacson noted the House leadership slashed a whopping P72.319 billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways’ Major Final Output (MFO) 1 and 2 totaling P216 billion.

The amount was realigned to the pet projects or pork barrel of House members, he charged.

“It’s bad enough that the House would do this without any consultation, and whimsically, arbitrarily, realign such funds to pet projects,” Lacson said.