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House transmits 2020 budget bill to Senate

/ 04:24 AM October 02, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives officially transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday the 2020 general appropriations bill, with a challenge for senators to look for pork in the budget measure.

“Again and again, we contend that it is a pork-free budget as we strictly confined ourselves to the decision of the Supreme Court, which declared the (Priority Development Assistance Fund) unconstitutional and prohibited the post-enactment identification of projects,” Deputy Speaker Neptali Gonzales II said.

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The Senate will pass its own version of the budget bill, after which the two chambers will meet in conference to reconcile differences in both measures. —DJ Yap

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