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Zarate: Bayanihan 2 will just concentrate more funds to Malacañang

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Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate on Sunday urged the national government to fully disclose how it has spent the P3.7 trillion of the 2020 national budget before it can be trusted to spend the P162 billion under the proposed Bayanihan 2 of the House of Representatives.

“Bayanihan 2 was being mislabeled as a ‘recovery’ fund although Filipinos have not even ‘healed’ under the first Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, as found by our own research,” said the Makabayan solon.

“Bayanihan 2 still does not guarantee full funding for free mass testing to all vulnerable members of our population, especially our frontline healthcare workers and those who got in contact with people positive of Covid-19 infection,” Zarate said.

“Until now, the government has not yet put in place an effective contact tracing strategy, and our entire health-care system is on the brink of collapse. So why enact another version of a law when the first one has not been fullt used or utilized for its intended purposes?,” he asked.

“This will just concentrate more power and funds to Malacañang,” he said.

“Worse it may even be funneled to also fund the campaign kitty of Malacañang’s allies for the upcoming elections,” Zarate said.

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