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Pantay-pantay para walang gulo! 299 House members to get P100M each but don’t call it pork – Salceda

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Each member of the House of Representatives will be receiving P100 million under the proposed PHP4.1 trillion national budget for 2020, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said Wednesday.

Salceda, chairman of the House committee on ways and means, bared that of the amount, P70 million would be allocated for hard projects, such as infrastructure, while P30 million will be used for soft projects, such as medical assistance.

Salceda, however, clarified that these were not classified as priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, which the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional in 2013.

“To ensure everybody has some minimum, P100 (million), yes. But that’s basically P70 million of infrastructure and they were itemized in the NEP (National Expenditure Program) and there is no such thing as non-itemized expenditure there,” Salceda said during the weekly economic media briefing in Malacañang.

Salceda said the P100 million was determined by the executive branch.

He also assured that the proposed 2020 national budget would be pork-free.

“It’s free of pork based on Supreme Court standards. And the mere fact that there are new insertions… as is, where is,” Salceda later said in a media interview.

He said it is free from pork because there are no individual amendments or alignments made to the proposed budget unlike previous years.

“There are no individual amendments, there are only three institutional amendments,” Salceda said, namely amendments to develop the education, health sectors, Camp Aguinaldo and other sectors.

“It also smells, acts, quacks like a need of my constituents and it also smells, acts, quacks as if it’s allowed by the Supreme Court,” he added.

The House of Representatives is composed of 299 districts and party-list representatives.

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