Drilon made the call amid a power struggle brewing in the House of Representatives fueled by the inequitable distribution of infrastructure budget allocations among House lawmakers.
“I have been in Congress long enough (to know) that if there’s anything that we should do, (it is to) exercise extra vigilance in what is called the election year budget because that will be the source of favors that those in power will be dispensing,” Drilon said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.
Drilon said that judging from the statements coming from members of the House, it would really appear that the main cause of the disagreement is the lack of transparency in the allocation of public works project.
The senator is referring to the P469-billion in lump sum appropriation Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has discovered is lodged under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The minority leader noted that based on senators assessment, there is no specification of the projects to be funded under the DPWH’s budget.
“This is something we will watch out for. This P469-billion must be disaggregated and projects should be specified,” Drilon said.
“Otherwise, this becomes a lump sum fund where the participation of Congress will become again after the enactment which is prohibited by the Supreme Court decision,” he stressed.