Duterte to sign P4.1-T 2020 budget on Jan. 6

Published January 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) confirmed on Friday that President Duterte would sign the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 on January 6.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

 

“Yes,” PLLO Secretary Adelino Sitoy said in a text message, adding that the signing would take place in Malacañang.

Sitoy, however, did not say if the President vetoed any provision in the national budget.

Acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado also confirmed the signing of the budget on Monday. He said he did not know if the President would veto any provision in the budget.

“I do not know if the President is going to veto any item in the enrolled GAB (General Appropriations Bill),” Avisado said in a text message.

“He has the final say regardless of our recommendation and we cannot second guess him so it’s better to just wait,” he added.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier said that the President would sign the national budget in the first week of January 2020.

The Palace official also assured that the President would scrutinize the budget submitted by Congress and would veto any unconstitutional line item.

Last month, Duterte signed the measure extending the validity of the 2019 budget until December 31, 2020, days after Congress ratified the proposed 2020 P4.1-trillion national budget.

The President only signed the P3.757-billion 2019 budget in April 2019 due to delays in Congress over allegations of pork-barrel insertions. Duterte vetoed P95.3 billion in items of appropriations in the details of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Programs/Projects, which were not within the programmed priorities.

In September last year, President Duterte certified as urgent the proposed 2020 national budget to avoid a repeat of a reenacted budget that “wreaked havoc” on the economic program of the administration, affected the timely delivery of basic services to the people and slowed the country’s growth during the first quarter of 2019.

 
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