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Kumita na ‘yan! Ping belittles Speaker Arroyo’ s claim of innocence in budget maneuverings

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Sen. Panfilo Lacson is not buying Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s insistence that she knows nothing about the post-ratification manipulations of the 2019 budget by the House of Representatives leadership.

In an interview on ANC on Thursday, Lacson said Arroyo is presumed to be in the loop on what is happening in the Lower House.

“She’s the Speaker of the House, as Sen. Sotto is the Senate President. The Speaker and Senate President are presumed to be in the know of what is happening sa committee and even in the plenary because it’s being discussed in plenary. More often than not if not always, the finance committee chair and appropriations committee chair would consult the leaders of both Houses,” Lacson said.

Earlier, Lacson noted the House of Representatives leadership introduced realignments to the budget even after it was ratified – a violation of the 1987 Constitution.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the 2019 budget bill but not without vetoing P93.5 billion in questionable items, including the post-realignment manipulations questioned by Lacson and the Senate leadership.

Lacson said the veto has cost congressmen involved in pork “a lot” as they get 20 percent from contractors.

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