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Lacson: Hundreds of billions in ‘pork’ hidden in 2019 budget

/ 12:03 PM August 16, 2018

Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson (right) attends the Meet the Inquirer Media forum on Thursday morning, August 16, 2018.  Acting as host and moderator is Inquirer Central Desk Director Juliet Javellana (left). INQUIRER.NET

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said there were “hundreds of billions of pesos” in the proposed 2019 budget that could be considered as “pork” or funds that could go to the pet projects of certain government officials.

Pork or discretionary funds have been the source of massive corruption in the past.

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“If you think pork has left, no it hasn’t left,” Lacson said during the Meet the Inquirer forum Thursday.

“It runs to hundreds of billions of pesos,” he said, citing his review of the proposed funding for 2019.

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The senator said hundred billions of pesos were also hidden in the national budgets of previous years.

Lacson lambasted congressmen who oppose the administration’s proposed cash-based budget system.

“Bakit sila umiiyak? Masyado naman silang concerned sa project (Why are they whining? They are too concerned for projects)” he said.

The senator earlier said the congressmen needed “massive rehabilitation and detox” for their “addiction to money.”

Under the proposed cash-based budget, funding will only be allowed for projects that can be completed within the year.

Lacson said government agencies should be the ones decrying the proposed change in the budget system. /cbb

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