Duterte won’t hesitate to veto ‘pork’ insertions in 2020 budget

first_img Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made the statement after it was revealed that members of the House of Representatives are stand to receive P100 million under next year’s budget. “Consistent with the foregoing aspirations and in the faithful exercise of my Office and due fidelity to my oath, I will not tolerate attempts to circumvent the Constitution or any other action that will prejudice the Filipino people whom I serve,” Duterte said in his 13-page veto message to the Congress. Duterte further vetoed P95.3-billion items of appropriations under the budget because they were “not within programmed priorities.” He also vetoed 12 provisions under the general and specific provisions. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will not think twice of exercising his veto powers if there will be “unconstitutional” parts in the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. “Alam mo naman pag kailangan mag-veto, bini-veto ni Pangulo ‘yan, lalo na pag tingin niya unconstitutional,” Nograles said in a media interview.center_img President Duterte has vetoed portions of the 2019 national budget where he said that he would “not tolerate any attempts to circumvent the Constitution.” The Chief Executive has certified as urgent the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 as he called on Congress leaders to consider the “immediate enactment” of House Bill 4228, or the General Appropriation Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. The House of Representatives have approved its version of the budget measure on second and third reading on Friday evening despite some lawmakers calling for more deliberation on it./PNlast_img

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