Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has slammed National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Chair Ernesto Pernia for trying down on lawmakers on the difficulty of taxation.
Drilon on Wednesday (May 31) stated that whereas lawmakers aren’t any consultants on the matter, they don’t seem to be precisely ignorant about it.
“We do not claim expertise but certainly we know something about the budget and if Pernia’s statement is accurate, I find that a little arrogant. Ang yabang naman niya! Labingsyam na taon ko ng tinitingnan ang budget eh, hanggang wala pa akong natutunan?” he fumed.
“Hindi naman siguro. Sinabi nya ba ‘yan? Eh ‘di sabihin mo, such arrogance!” Drilon added.
Pernia commented on lawmakers’ competence in mild of the pending complete tax reform invoice in Congress, which has been tagged as an pressing measure of the administration.
In slamming Pernia, Drilon discovered an ally in Senator Cynthia Villar, who additionally spoke on the difficulty within the plenary.
“I was a businesswoman before I went to the Senate and now that I am a legislator and protector of the poor, when you’re an economic manager, you just study the studies, the figure. But you never put a face in the figures. That’s what we can do as legislators. We see the face in the figures. We have a different point of view altogether,” Villar stated.
“I agree. Medyo mayabang lang ang dating ano?” Drilon commented.
While the financial managers might declare experience on fiscal issues, Villar stated “it doesn’t mean that we’re wrong and they’re right.”
“It’s just a point of view and that we have to tolerate and do what we think is right and good,” she stated.
Drilon, in additional addressing the difficulty with Pernia, virtually reminded the NEDA chief that lawmakers are elected by the individuals and are anticipated to mirror the general public’s welfare every time they categorical opinions on issues that concern most of the people.
“Pernia would not have the monopoly of wisdom, I must say,” he stated.