PRRD WANTS 2021 BUDGET TO BE PASSED ON TIME AMID SQUABBLES IN HOUSE
President Rodrigo Duterte wants lawmakers to pass the proposed P4.506-trillion budget before the end of year amid squabbles among members of the House of Representatives over infrastructure funds allocated for legislative districts.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the proposed 2021 national budget is expected to fund programs and projects to help the country recover quickly from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. questioned the supposedly huge infrastructure funds for Taguig City and Camarines Sur, the legislative districts of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte.
The allocations reportedly amounted to P8 billion for Taguig and P11.8 billion for Camarines Sur.
Villafuerte dismissed these claims as a “sinister ploy” by supporters of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco to derail the House’s plan to finish the budget deliberations by the end of the month.
The President’s son, Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, meanwhile confirmed on Sunday that he had sent House appropriations committee chairperson Eric Yap a message that he would ask the Mindanao bloc to move to declare the positions of House Speaker and Deputy Speakers vacant.