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Don’t grandstand: Romualdez wants peers to stick to time limit during budget debates

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House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Sunday appealed to his colleagues to “only speak on their allotted time” during budget floor debates to ensure the swift passage of the proposed 2020 P4.1 trillion national expenditure program (NEP).

The Leyte lawmaker made the appeal as the House of Representatives begins this Tuesday its two-week marathon hearings to approve House Bill (HB) No. 4228 or the Fiscal Year 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB).

The House leader said he is “banking on the professionalism and discipline of my colleagues who will not do any showing off at the expense of the proposed national budget.

“The House leadership under Speaker (Alan Peter) Cayetano is appealing once again to our colleagues to help us approve the national spending measure immediately,” said Romualdez, adding he expects many of his colleagues to attend the sessions devoted to the national budget.

“Our national budget for next year will give a very strong foundation to ensure the successful implementation of President Duterte’s programs with sustainable and equitable growth that would provide comfortable life for Filipinos,” said Romualdez.

He said the House of Representatives will work overtime with the daunting task of passing the proposed 2020 national budget.

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