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PORK RULING

Budget rift may reach Supreme Court

/ 07:22 AM February 04, 2019

Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Sunday said he might refer the budget deadlock to the Supreme Court after Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies accused him of turning a blind eye to other senators’ alleged “pork” in the stalled P3.8-trillion proposed spending bill for 2019.

Lacson said there was a need for the high tribunal to straighten up its historic 2013 ruling that banished the pork barrel system from the government’s budgeting process for being unconstitutional.

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House Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Bravo and Majority Leader Fredenil Castro called Lacson out for supposedly giving a hall pass for some senators to keep their own pork, or lump-sum allocations that legislators may earmark for their chosen projects. —Marlon Ramos

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