By Prince Golez
The House of Representatives can’t introduce amendments to an approved budget bill, Malacañang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque agreed with some senators that any change to the spending bill that has been approved on final reading is a violation of the Constitution.
“As a finding of fact, kinakailangan ma-establish na iyong errata really refers to a typographical error ‘no. Pero kung ito po ay additional items, then I would share the view of the senators, kasi kapag third and final reading eh wala na po dapat pagbabago iyan,” Roque said in a televised briefing Tuesday.
On Monday, the Lower House approved P20 billion worth of institutional amendments to the proposed P4.5-trillion 2021 budget, which passed the legislative hurdle Friday last week.
Meanwhile, Roque recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed line items that were not part of the original 2019 spending plan.
“Noong isang taon po napakadaming mga na-veto ng Presidente, at karamihan po doon sa na-veto ni Presidente ay iyong mga line items na hindi po kasama doon sa original na bill ng Kamara na approved on third and final reading,” he added.