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Maralit, K. (2019, April 16). Budget inked; pork vetoed. Daily Tribune – Without Fear or Favor. Retrieved April 25, 2019 from https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2019/04/16/budget-inked-pork-vetoed/

Budget inked; pork vetoed
By Kristina Maralit – April 16, 2019 12:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the P3.757 trillion national budget for the year last Monday less P95.3 billion in realignments through his veto, Malacañang said.

The slashed amount is more than the P75 billion that the Senate said was reallocated by members of the House of Representatives.

In a text message, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed the enactment of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) almost three weeks since it was transmitted to the Office of the President, sans the earlier reported ceremonial signing.

“Signed. Vetoed P95.3-billion for being not part of the President’s (priority) projects,” Medialdea said, referring to the line item “Details of DPWH Programs/Projects.”

The said amount is the alleged post-ratification insertions done by the House of Representatives which the Senate deemed illegal and unconstitutional.

House Appropriations chairman Rep. Rolando Andaya jr. however, argued that the figures were mere “itemizations” for the easier scrutinization of the spending bill.

Back in business

The national government has been operating on a reenacted budget since the start of the year after Congress failed to pass the 2019 GAB before the adjournment of their session last December 2018 over allegations of pork barred insertions and questionable realignments.

Last week, the President threatened to outright exercise his veto powers on the proposed budget should he find irregularities and that he will not sign any document he thinks is illegal.

With the new budget already enacted, the government can now proceed in implementing pending programs such as the fourth and last tranche of pay hikes for government workers, the increased hazard pay for uniformed personnel, and big-ticket infrastructure projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

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