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‘Extra vigilance’ needed in preparing 2021 national budget – Drilon

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Manila, Sept. 21 — minority leader Franklin Drilon on Monday called on lawmakers to exercise “extra vigilance” in the preparation of the proposed P4.506-trillion national for .

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.

The Senate minority chief pointed out the multi-peso billion funds for infrastructure projects under the proposed 2021 national budget could be “abused” for the May national and local .

“I have been in long enough (to know) that if there’s anything that we should do, ( is to) exercise extra vigilance in what is called the 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.

“That’s our concern. We’re not saying that it would be used, I don’t want to attribute malice, but certainly it is open to corruption and for the 2022 ,” the senator said.

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 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 decision,” he stressed.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comManila Bulletin

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