Marami namang pagkukunan! Tito Sotto doesn’t want budget vs Reds added to calamity fund
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has rejected the suggestion to add the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict's (NTF-ELCAC's) P19-billion budget for 2021 to the country’s calamity fund.

Marami namang pagkukunan! Tito Sotto doesn’t want budget vs Reds added to calamity fund

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has rejected the suggestion to add the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-ELCAC’s) P19-billion budget for 2021 to the country’s calamity fund.

In a radio interview Saturday (November 7), Sotto said even the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will not allow the NTF-ELCAC’s budget to be moved.

“Siguro papayag kami na dagdagan ang calamity fund pero hindi doon kukuhanin [sa anti-insurgency fund]. Maraming pagkukuhanan, huwag na nila pag-initan ang anti-insurgency sapagkat mabigat iyon,” he explained.

Senator Risa Hontiveros earlier suggested realigning a portion of the NTF-ELCAC budget for areas affected by Typhoon Rolly, the strongest typhoon to hit land worldwide this year.

Sotto said the NTF-ELCAC is crucial in the government’s anti-insurgency campaign as they complement the military’s fight.

“Ito ang pinaka-isyu na hindi pinag-uusapan, kapag nilinis mo ang isang area, nilinis mo ng insurgence ganoon-ganoon na lang? Hindi. Kailangan lagyan mo ng livelihood, lagyan mo ng pagkakakitaan. Kung hindi, babalik at babalik sila,” he said.

Sotto assured that the NTF-ELCAC’s funds will not go to the armed forces, but for community development projects in areas previously controlled by the New People’s Army.

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