Sat. May 8th, 2021
Lacson again urges transparency in 2021 budget amendments

Senator Panfilo Lacson wants more transparency or to make public amendments that will be made on the proposed 2021 P4.1-trillion budget bill.

The Senate on Thursday approved on third and final reading its version of the proposed 2021 budget, paving the way for deliberations by the Bicameral Conference Committee made up of representatives from the lower and upper chambers to reconcile their versions of the budget bill. The committee will start hearings on December 1.

“If we have nothing to hide, we have to make our amendments public, as I have done in my case, so those amendments can be scrutinized by the media as well as the public,” Lacson said in a statement issued on Saturday.

“I want to know what parts of the P60 billion I sought to delete had been considered and rejected. We have to know the details of the Senate version of the budget bill when we face our counterparts in the House for the bicameral conference committee,” he added.

Among others, Lacson wants to delete from the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways about P60 billion and reallocate the amount for other purposes, including supporting the national broadband program under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and assistance to victims of the recent typhoons. 

He also questioned why the districts of some allies of House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco were given higher budgets. SOVEREIGNPH

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