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Walang fastbreak! Sotto: House’s early passage gives Senate more time to scrutinize 2020 budget

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The Senate will have more time to scrutinize the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 now that the House of Representatives has passed it on third reading, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Saturday (September 21).

In an interview over dwIZ radio, Sotto said the Senate will not rush the budget bill’s passage just because the House passed it barely a month after it was submitted to Congress by the Department of Budget and Management.

“It will give us a better timetable,” he said.

Sotto said senators, particularly Senate finance committee chairman Sonny Angara and staunch anti-pork barrel crusader Panfilo Lacson, will comb through the budget bill to ensure there are no illegal insertions.

“Di makakalusot ‘yan kay Senator Angara at Senator Ping,” he said.

The House passed the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) for 2020 on third and final reading Friday (September 20).

Sotto said the Senate will hold marathom hearings on the GAB over the next months to ensure it will be at President Rodrigo Duterte’s desk before yearend.

He said the Senate could pass the GAB on third and final reading before December.

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