Senator Pia Cayetano displayed her annoyance at her colleagues Friday (October 9) after the possibility of having a reenacted budget for 2021 was mentioned during a budget hearing.
Pia butted in the discussion between Senator Bong Go and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to say that discussions on the possible reenactment of the national budget “just fuels the political charade.”
“We cannot deny that my brother is the Speaker of the House and for those of you who have not heard me say it, and who have not heard him say it, there is no reenacted budget that will happen,” she said.
“‘Wag na sana i-discuss ‘yang reenacted budget na ‘yan kasi hindi mangyayari po,” Pia added.
The timely passage of the 2021 national budget has been affected by the leadership row in the House over Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s refusal to honor the term sharing agreement with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco.
Cayetano had the session suspended from October 6 to November 16, a bid seen to prevent an election happening on October 14 for the position of Speaker.
During the Senate budget briefing, Duque said the Department of Health (DOH) will not have funds to respond to the COVID-19 crisis if Congress fails to pass the 2021 national budget on time. Having a reenacted budget means zero funding for new programs of the government.