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Papasa yan! Palace can’t believe Senate, House at odds over 2018 budget

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Malacañang has expressed confidence that the Senate and House of Representatives will pass the P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018 despite disagreements on certain provisions of the bill.

At a press conference Monday (December 4), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was asked about the possibility of having a reenacted budget because the two chambers cannot agree on some parts of the proposed 2018 General Appropriations Act.

He described the supposed conflict among certain lawmakers as a “purely speculative matter.”

“I cannot believe that the House and the Senate cannot agree on next year’s budget,” Roque said.

“The Palace has all the confidence that we will have a budget pursuant to the request made by the Palace because this budget is crucial to the ‘Build Build Build’ program of the government intended to alleviate poverty in this country,” he added.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said the chamber will insist on its version of the 2018 national budget.

Senator Sonny Angara, however, said he and his colleagues will defend their version of the bill.

Should the Senate and House fail to agree on a final version of the proposed GAA before going on break on December 15, it is possible that the government will operate next year using a reenacted budget.