outbrain
Close  

P8.25-B budget for Office of the President gets nod

By: - Reporter / @deejayapINQ
/ 05:20 AM September 07, 2019

It took only about five minutes for House representatives to approve the intelligence and confidential funds of the Office of the President (OP) for 2020 which total P4.5 billion.

It’s become “tradition” not to question the allocations of agency heads who were once congressmen, said Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, chair of the House appropriations committee.

ADVERTISEMENT

President Rodrigo Duterte represented Davao City’s first district from 1998 to 2001.

Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay also made the motion to approve the OP budget unopposed as part of traditional courtesy.

FEATURED STORIES

At P8.25 billion, the OP’s 2020 budget is 21 percent higher than its current allocation of P6.77 billion, though it is dwarfed by the P20.17 billion budget it had in 2017, mostly for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

At least two congressmen—Rep. Carlos Zarate and Rep. Ferdinand Gaite, both of Bayan Muna—said they wantto question the appropriation during the plenary session.

Zarate questioned the propriety of the huge allocation considering budgetary cuts in social services, while Gaite expressed concern that confidential funds and intelligence funds were almost double those in 2018 and 2019.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2020 national budget, budget, Malacañan Palace, Office of the President
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.