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Palace: Duterte will scrutinize every provision in the 2019 budget

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will evaluate all aspects of the proposed the state budget for 2019 before signing it,

“The President, like the lawyer that he is, will be evaluating the budget, scrutinize every provision then decide whether or not as claimed by some, certain portions are unconstitutional,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an ANC interview.

Yesterday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III signed the House version of the budget bill, but labelled as unconstitutional the P75 billion worth of progams/projects under the Local Infrastructure Program of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Panelo said Duterte will “hopefully” sign the proposed budget within “a few days.”

The government is currently operating on a reenacted 2018 budget due to the alleged anomalous realignment of funds.

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