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May tinatago! Andaya blasts Senate for refusing to itemize P75B lump sum allotments

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Committee on Appropriations chair and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. has accused the Senate of hiding something big before the public for refusing to itemize some P75-billion worth of lump sum allotment under the proposed 2019 bugdet.

Senate Finance Committee Panfilo Lacson earlier claimed that House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her talking heads were invoking transparency to hide its own post-bicam realignment under this year’s proposed P3.757 trillion national budget.

“Mukhang malaki ang tinatago ng ating mga senador kung kaya ayaw nila ng itemized budget ng House of Representatives,” said Andaya.

He said that it looked like most senators still prefer that the P75-billion allotment to remain in form of lump sum funds despite being declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (SC) in 2014.

“Up to this very moment, the senators are also silent on who are the individual proponents for their realignments,” he said.

“Mas gusto (yata) nila sa lump-sum na ilegal at maaaring abusuhin para sa katiwalian,” headded.

Earlier, Lacson said in his Twitter account that the Lower House was “trying to hide their unconstitutional post-ratification budget realignments by claiming they wanted to itemize lump sums in the name of transparency.”

Lacson cited figures from the Senate’s Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office showing a net increase of P95.1 billion in the House of Representatives’ post-bicam realignments which he believed were unconstitutional.

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