Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque assured the public anew that there will be no dubious provisions in next year’s spending plan designed for the government’s pandemic response. He did not identify which items will be vetoed by the President.
“There will surely be a veto message but I’m not at liberty to discuss which items will be vetoed,” Roque told reporters.
The Palace official said the Department of Budget and Management has prepared its recommendations on which provisions should be vetoed, adding that the President will likely approve it.
Senator Panfilo Lacson has earlier flagged overlapping items in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)’s 2021 budget, including “793 line items for multi-purpose buildings with a uniform P1-million appropriation each.”
Should Duterte sign the bicam-approved version of the 2021 budget, the education sector will receive the lion’s share of the spending measure with P708.181 billion.
It also has P1.1 trillion for infrastructure projects, which are touted to create jobs and boost economic activity.
In April 2019, Duterte vetoed P95.3 billion-worth of questionable allocations in the budget, particularly infrastructure projects that were flagged over anomalies.
Due to lawmakers’ squabble over questionable allocations, the Congress failed to pass the 2019 budget immediately and the government had to operate under a reenacted budget in the first weeks of that year.
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