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Politikos says Zamora should be a minority fiscalizer, not majority lackey

Jul 20, 2015 @ 9:10

Two members of the House independent minority bloc challenged Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora to do his job in scrutinizing the actions of the majority bloc instead of acting like one of the President’s allies in Congress.

Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza observed that Zamora appeared to be siding with the majority on controversial issues such as the national budget and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“He (Zamora) should explain why there was P424 billion in lump sums approved in this year’s budget,” said Atienza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview.

“People deserve to know what is happening in Congress. We have to scrutinize the budget and do away with ‘fast breaks.’ I am asking members of the minority to get united and act as the political opposition in the House,” he added.

Former senator Panfilo Lacson earlier claimed there is around P424 billion in discretionary funds tucked within the P2.6-trillion national budget for 2015, with the amount spread in 11 of 21 executive agencies.

For his part, Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz said Zamora had been widely perceived as allied with the majority after he broke ties with San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, who’s a member of the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance.

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