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By Marlon namos group" meetings of the Senate- Dunong" program was retained The senator said another pork Like what Senate Minority Asked if he would ask th€
@MRamosINQ House conference cornnittee in a in the unified budget cpmmiftee item was the P9 billion for "otler Leader Franklin Ddlon had Senate leadership to end th€
bid to make the budget delibera- report despite the fact that bil- financial assistance to LGUS" (lo- pointed out, Lacson said he had of "small group" bi
No more budget "insertions" tions more transparent lions of pesos had already been cal government units), which the repeatedly asked Sen. Loren cameral meetings in futur€
written on table napkins. "I will also ask that all amend- earmarked for free college edu- senators had agreed to take out Legarda, chair of the Senate fi- budget discussions, he saidl
Still reeling from last week's ments ... be put henceforth in cation in the budger ofthe Com- fiom the spending measure. nance committee, to furnish "Youbet."
ratification of what he de- writing and officially submitted mission on Higher Education. Said Lacson: "After we them a copy of the committee
scribed as "pork-ridden, choles- to the LBRMO (Legislative Budget "What's revolting are mat- agreed on the floor to delete the report "before, dudng and,af- Wrong, rnalevolent practice
terol-rich" P3.8*trillion spend- Research and Monitoring Office) ters taken up and agreed upon this was irot followed
ing bill, Sen. Panfilo Lacson on
same, ter" the Senate-House confer- , Under such arrangement,
and the lsenate] finance commit- on the lsenate] floor during the even in the Senate version." ence committee meetings- Lacson said only the heads of
Sunday decried the reinstate- tee chair," the senator said in a period of interp€llations, but He said it was only Legarda the Senate and Housi contin-
ment in the final version of.the text message to the Inquirer. are not made part of the bicam- Documents not available and her counterpart in tlle House, gents were authorized to dis-
national budget of discretionary 'jNo more whispered, written eral report," he said. Up to now, he said lawmak- Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando An- cuss items that should be in-
funds that the legislators had on napkins or scratch paper [bud- "The Tulong Dunong pro- ers had yet to see'the final bud- daya Jr., who had seen the signed cluded in the government's ex-
previously agreed to delete. get amendmentsl,i' he stressed. gram ... is duplicitous, not to get documents t-hat representa- and ratified committee report. penditure program.
Lacso[ who had railed mention reeking of pork, which tives of the Senate and the "It's the same reason why I "That. is one very -rong]
against the existence of pork in 'Revolting' is made clear under the zor3 House of Representatives signed did not attend the signing cere. even malevolent, practice ofthq
President Duterte's budget for . Lacsonlamented that the P3- Supreme Court ruling," he and ratified by both chambers of mony last Friday in Camp bicameral conference- commit-
zorg, also vowed to end the "small billion allotment for the "Tutong stressed. Congress on Friday. Aguinaldo," th€ senator said. tqe dleetings," he said. rNe l'
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