By Mario Casayuran
Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian expressed relief yesterday that President Duterte finally signed the 2019 P3.757 trillion national budget that the Senate and the House of Representatives had fought tooth and nail over the unconstitutional pork barrel system.
As chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, Gatchalian said further delay in the signing of the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA or national budget) would have ‘’caused adverse effects on our macro-economy.’’
“I also appreciate that the President has chosen to veto the changes made by the Lower House to the ratified version of the General Appropriations Bill,’’ he said.
“The veto is proof that the Senate was right all along in saying that the changes made were unconstitutional,’’ he explained.
“With the GAA now enacted, the government can finally focus on catching up with the implementation of pending projects that were delayed because of the budget impasse,’’ he added.