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Ibubulgar ang magkakamal! Ping sets early preps for porkless 2020 national budget

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Amid the possibility of the pork-ridden P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget being vetoed entirely by President Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Panfilo Lacson is now setting his sights on protecting the 2020 budget from pork.

Lacson said he is prepared to “fight the next battle,” even as he stressed Duterte is within his legal authority to veto the budget bill in whole or in part.

“As for me, I am prepared to fight the next battle when the National Expenditure Program for the 2020 national budget is submitted by the President at the opening of the First Regular Session of the 18th Congress,” he said in a statement.

“It is tiring and frustrating, but I am always ready and able to fight another day for my career-long advocacy as an elected Senator of the Republic – that of fighting corruption, particularly in the authorization phase of the budgeting process,” he added.

Earlier, Lacson bared billions of pesos in the budget being realigned to pet projects of lawmakers from both houses of Congress.

These include post-ratification tweaks by the House of Representatives under Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s leadership, and P23 billion for some senators.

On Thursday, Duterte said he may veto the entire budget if he sees it is riddled with irregularities.

Lacson said the President “is well within his legal authority to veto in whole or in parts the Enrolled Bill already before him if he and his economic team see it wise to do so.”

“Undoubtedly, and as I have always pointed out, the 2019 national budget measure had been subjected to abuse and indiscretions by some legislators from both houses of Congress, with the House of Representatives’ leadership even going beyond the mandate of the law and time-honored legislative practice,” Lacson pointed out.

“At the end of the day, it is greed and insatiability of those who cannot control their appetite for more and more ‘pork’ and all the perks and commissions that go with it,” he added.

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