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Duterte on 2019 budget delay: ‘It had a very sad impact on our GDP’

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday expressed disappointment at the delay in the passage of the 2019 budget.

“Pero kung ganun ang palakad ng gobyerno and sometimes the budget is delayed because they are still fighting how much will be given to — dine-delay nila,” said Duterte in a speech delivered in Malacañang.

The President said the late passage of this year’s appropriation “had a very sad impact on our budget.”

He added, “Nung last budget, nalugi tayo doon. It had a very sad impact on our GDP. And marami ng pera, wala — hindi naman umikot. So there was really no money. Practically, the state of ship was sailing in still waters.”

To recall, Duterte signed the 2019 budget only on April 15 due to the alleged insertions in the national budget.

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