Duterte to veto items in 2021 budget: Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte will exercise his powers to veto certain provisions in the P4.506-trillion 2021 national budget which is expected to be signed into law next week, Malacañang said Friday.

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.

Duterte is set to sign into law the national budget for 2021 on Monday before a few members of both houses of Congress.

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.”

House appropriations committee chairman Eric Yap also said that several institutional amendments were made in the final version of the General Appropriations Bill approved by the bicameral conference committee hours before the ratification on Wednesday by both the House and the Senate.

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.

The health sector, on the other hand, will receive P287.472 billion. The ratified 2021 budget likewise includes P72.5-billion programmed funds for COVID-19 vaccine purchases.

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.

Credit belongs to : www.tribune.net.ph

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