SENATOR Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said President Rodrigo Duterte has the authority to veto the 2019 national budget bill that he said had been a subject of abuse and indiscretion by some legislators.
“The President is well within his legal authority to veto in whole or in parts the Enrolled Bill already before him if he and his economic team see it wise to do so,” Lacson said in a statement.
He claimed that some members of the House and Senate have gone beyond the mandate of the law and time-honored legislative practice to push for their own agenda.
“At the end of the day, it is greed and insatiability of those who cannot control their appetite for more and more ‘pork’ and all the perks and commissions that go with it,” Lacson stressed.
Moving forward, Lacson insisted that he is still prepared to fight another battle against pork barrel and other abuses in the National Expenditure Program for the 2020 national budget in the opening of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress.
“It is tiring and frustrating, but I am always ready and able to fight another day for my career-long advocacy as an elected Senator of the Republic - that of fighting corruption, particularly in the authorization phase of the budgeting process,” he said.