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Senate minority ok’s OP budget

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By Mario Casayuran

The Senate minority bloc gave on Wednesday its approval to the proposed P6 billion budget of the Office of the President for the 2018 fiscal budget.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said he was not raising issues against the President’s budget “out of inter- departmental courtesy.’’

Senator Loren Legarda (right), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator JV Ejercito on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, congratulate Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left) after the Senate approved the proposed 2018 budget of the Office of the President, amounting to P6.03-billion. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/AYA/11 October 2017 / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Loren Legarda (right), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator JV Ejercito on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, congratulate Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (left) after the Senate approved the proposed 2018 budget of the Office of the President, amounting to P6.03-billion. (PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/AYA/11 October 2017 / MANILA BULLETIN)

This took place in Wednesday’s plenary debate on the proposed 2018 P3.76 trillion national budget which is being shepherded through the Senate floor for approval by Sen. Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the Senate finance committee.

After no interpellation was made to indicate objection to the President’s budget, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto immediately deemed the President’s budget submitted for approval.

The Senate expressed hopes of approving its version of the 2018 GAA before it goes on a month-long recess starting this Saturday.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to iron out their differing versions of the national budget through the bicameral conference committee process when they resume regular session on Nov. 13.

During a recent budget hearing by Legarda, the Senate minority bloc succeeded in convincing Malacanang to set aside separate funds for its six intelligence-oriented agencies from its P2.5 billion confidential and intelligence budgets after the country has been blind-sided by national and foreign security incidents.

These included the Maute invasion of Marawi city, piracy at the Sulu Sea and the West Philippine intrusions and the P6.4 billion shabu (crystal meths) smuggling last May, Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV said.

This followed the approval by the Legarda committee of Malacanang’s proposed 2018 P2.5 billion intelligence and confidential funds tacked in the proposed P6 billion budget for the office of the President.

The proposed P6 billion budget for next fiscal year is P14.1 billion less than the current P20.17 billion budget because the 2017 budget included the P14.1 billion appropriation set aside for the holding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foundation rites.

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  • melaisison

    a senator should be thinking of making laws for the good of the country. this senator is only focused on destroying the credibility of our president. this only shows that he is only full of politics and not for the good of the country. he does not have any other agenda to help the country and the people,

  • Rey David

    this senator only won because of pure luck. he does not have the right attitude and credibility to win an election. he is only making noise every time without any real sense in how to help the country grow and the people to be comfortable. he is only after his political ambition at all times

  • Lucas Temoteo

    this so called senator does not know how to be a senator. all he does is make noise and press release. he does not know the true work of senator and instead only want political considerations given to him. he speaks out against the government but he himself does not know how to run anything. ,

  • Kwak Kwak Kwak

    this senator is always grandstanding and will do everything to make him in the news. he is only making noise so the people will always remember him. he has not proven anything and yet he has the guts to speak out against the administration. he has not proven his capability to serve and his capability to be a leader//

  • Berdugo Katapang

    this former rebel soldier cannot be trusted. he turned his back on his superiors when he conducted his siege last time. he cannot lead a group of soldiers what more of the entire country. he does not know anything on how to handle and solve the problems of our country. he is just making noise.,

  • SUPERBI

    this senator will always cry and make noise whenever he does not get what he wants. he is proven to be a rebel with no clear cause and no clear direction. he has not really seen he cared for the country but only for himself. he will do everything to make himself in the public for his political purpose//

  • Liwanag Para sa Bayan

    this senator is only after his political career and not for the good of the country. he will only make noise to make the public aware that he is still active. he has no clear agenda and is only after the benefit of himself. he should not be given attention. he is a man who only knows his political agenda no more,

  • MAYPAGASA

    the country will not benefit from this senator. he is only making noise as he knows from the last election that he will not win anymore and get elected. he has been making baseless allegations on the president and is making noise so that the people will notice him. he doesnt deserve our attention./

  • Simon antonio

    this senator is proven to be a coward and who has no clear principles. he changes his agenda an is only after his self interest. he is a former soldier who does not have the right discipline to follow his superiors. we cannot expect good things from this senator only noise.
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  • Emilio

    noise making is the only talent of this senator. he is known to make noise and to create trouble then he will abandon everything at the end. we cannot trust a man with this reputation. he is never a good leader and will never be in the future of philippine politics..