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Alvarez to Senators: I respect you but you’re not the boss of House

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez today said the House of Representatives will not readily yield its power of the purse to the Senate particularly over the P1,000 budget given to the Commission on Human Rights.

On Tuesday, the House approved on second reading the proposed 2018 national budget but allocated only P1,000 to the CHR. However, several senators said they would fight for the restoration of the P678 million for the agency as proposed by the Department of Budget and Management.

“Ako iginagalang ko ang Senado pero hindi po basta yun ang gusto ng Senado yun ang masusunod. Yun lang po ang masasabi ko diyan,” Alvarez said in a radio interview.

However, Alvarez hinted a compromise may be reached during the deliberations of the bicameral conference committee to reconcile the different version of the 2018 budget approved by the House and the Senate.

“Pwede po kaming mag-usap doon. Pero hindi pupwede kung ano yung gusto nila yun ang susundin namin,” he said.