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House ‘respects’ Duterte veto of P95.3B — Castro

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House Majority Leader Fredenil Castro on Monday said he respects and will abide by the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the P95.3 billion in un-programmed projects from the 2019 budget, which he signed on the same day.

“We welcome the President’s signing of the 2019 budget. We respect his decision to veto some items in the budget,” Castro said.

“We will abide with the President’s decision and respect the thorough study made by his team after all factors were considered,” the Capiz lawmaker added.

He said that with the signing of the budget, the government could now buckle down to work and start implementing the President’s priority projects for the Filipino people.

“The House of Representatives will continue to work in harmony with the President’s desire to create a better life for every Filipino,” Castro said.

Earlier, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the President vetoed the items added by lawmakers to the budget which were not within the “programmed priorities.”

“The President, among others, vetoed 95.3 Billion pesos items of appropriations in the Details of DPWH Programs/Projects, which are not within the programmed priorities,” Medialdea said.

The signing of the budget law means the government can finally fund new projects this year. It had been operating on a reenacted budget since January due to the delay in the passage of the budget measure.

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