Allies of House Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco have their comeuppance at his rival, former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, now that the latter is no longer in control of the chamber.
Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed Wednesday (November 25) that there was a “noticeable” increase in the infrastructure budgets of Velasco’s allies under the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 after he assumed the speakership.
In an interview over ANC’s “Headstart,” Lacson said the allocations for districts of Cayetano’s allies were reduced.
“Evidently, noticeable ito, na yung mga malalapit sa bagong Speaker, mayroong naka-register na mga increases at yung mga malalapit sa dating Speaker, `yun ang naka-experience naman ng reduction,” he said.
Lacson mentioned the district of Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte as one of those whose budgets were slashed under the version of the budget bill submitted by the House to the Senate.
Meanwhile, appropriations for districts in Albay, as well as the lone district of Benguet, were increased, the senator added.
The House passed the general appropriations bill on third and final reading on October 16, when Velasco was already the Speaker.
Asked if he believes there are irregularities in the changes to the district allocations, Lacson said: “At the very least it is improper because the disparity in the distribution of funds to the different districts, makikita natin masyadong malawak.”
“From a high of P15.351 billion to a low of P620 million,” he added.