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Atienza ‘slighted’ by Lacson’s pork accusations vs. House

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said he “feels slighted” over accusations thrown by Sen. Panfilo Lacson that the House-approved General Appropriations Bill (GAB) for 2020 is loaded with billions worth of pork barrel insertions from congressmen.

Atienza admonished Lacson for making sweeping statements about the resurgence of pork barrel in the 2020 national budget—that each congressmen will receive P700-million worth of allotment under the proposed 4.1-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for next year.

“You’re claiming P1.5-billion per deputy speaker and P700 million per legislator. I feel slighted. I am a legislator. We fought Napoles’ pork in my first month in Congress, denouncing it, even months before the Supreme Court decision,” said Atienza.

Atienza stressed that as a committed “anti-pork barrel” legislator, he will even help Lacson if has proof that there’s the 2020 GAB is pork-infested.

“Like you, we are also committed to reforming our legislative processes… you insist that there is pork barrel, when you have not even read it, I have not even read it either. Let’s provide each other information so that we can coordinate,” said Atienza.

Atienza said that he “do mind when Congress is accused in a blanket manner” just like what Lacson did.

“People are unnecessarily alarmed without reason. It is not fair for those who are trying their best to perform their patriotic task,” Atienza said.

Atenza said that as a legislator who has been fighting the pork barrel since day in office, Lacson’s accusation did really bother him.

“Masakit pag tinatanong kami ng mga tao na meron pala kaming malaking pork barrel. Patuloy nating lalabanan ang kahit anong pork barrel dahil ito ay ilegal at labag sa batas,” said Atienza.

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