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Ping to House leaders: Pursue sensible talks with the Senate leadership; Tigilan na paninira!

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With time running out, the House of Representatives leadership should pursue a sensible dialogue to end the impasse on the P3.757-trillion 2019 budget instead of using talking heads to muddle the issue and attack senators.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said this Friday as he warned the Senate will have no choice but to wait for the next House leadership that will take the place of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and company in July.

“Instead of engaging in obfuscation and personal attacks on us by their designated talking heads, the House leaders should pursue a sensible dialogue with the Senate leadership. Otherwise, we will have no choice but deal with the next House leadership come July,” he said in a statement.

Lacson scored the House leadership for resorting to squid tactics to muddle the issue, including justifying their post-ratification tampering of items in the 2019 budget.

Earlier, Lacson bared the House leadership tweaked the budget of the Department of Health, to favor allies of Mrs. Arroyo.

He also disclosed a similar tweaking in the Department of Public Works and Highways’ Major Final Output 1 and 2, which includes projects in the government’s “Build Build Build” legacy program.

Such actions violate the Constitution’s Art. VI Sec. 2 that upon the last reading of a bill, no amendment thereto shall be allowed.

But the House leadership insisted there was nothing unconstitutional in its actions, with some Arroyo allies accusing Lacson of holding the budget hostage because of his “vendetta” against Arroyo – an accusation Lacson has denied.

“They are confusing the public. There is a whale of a difference between itemization and realignments of what have been approved by the joint bicameral conference committee and ratified in plenary by both houses of Congress,” Lacson noted.

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