Walang si-zerohin! Duterte orders Diokno to make sure all politikos get a piece of 2019 budget Spread the money of the Republic!
This is the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to Budget Secretary Ben Diokno in the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.
Duterte told Diokno to make sure that no politiko would get “zero budget” like more than two dozen representatives who suffered in this year’s budget after crossing former Speaker Bebot Alvarez.
“I intend to finish my job. Tutal ‘yang mga infrastructure nandiyan talaga. And my order to Diokno is lahat. No, no, no political color. Bigyan mo lahat,” said Duterte in a speech in Bukidnon.
“ You spread the money of the Republic of the Philippines so that all will benefit. Sabi ko tapos naman ang election,” he added.
After depriving opposition lawmakers of their rightful share in the budget for their districts, Alvarez threatened to withhold the 2019 budget of any politiko who would not back moves to shift to a federal system.
Alvarez’s replacement, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has assured Congress that no member would have a zero budget under her watch.