Aug 13, 2017 @ 19:21

Senator Loren Legarda is altering her tune on the presence of pork barrel funds in the proposed P3.767 trillion national budget subsequent 12 months.

The chair of the Senate finance committee on Sunday stated she couldn’t categorically state if there’s nonetheless pork or pork-like objects, as alleged by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, in the 2018 proposed budget.

She, nevertheless, promised to break down the lump sum appropriations to make sure that there can be no insertions in the budget.

“(It’s) hard for me to say (if there’s none),” Legarda stated in a radio interview when requested to affirm or deny Lacson’s declare that the budget had least P5 billion in pork objects.

“Alam mo pag magsalita akong meron I will be quoted, (baka) mali intindi. Pag sinabi kong wala, para naman akong inosente sa buhay. So it depends on how you would you define pork. If its pork equals PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), which is post-enactment, sa tingin ko ay wala, because how can you enact something that is already in a line-item?” she identified.

“I will check with him if he’s referring to a lump sum…we will clarify that,” Legarda stated.

“I assure you that all lump sums will be broken down and any questions that miss my eye, at may makakatulong na senador, I would welcome it,” Legarda stated.

Legarda, nevertheless, denied Lacson’s claims that she requested her colleagues to submit a supposed listing of P300-million price tasks every of them needed to be funded in the 2018 proposed budget.

Allegations on such pork-like objects have been dismissed by Legarda, final Friday in an interview with reporters as mere rumour.

“Paanong hearsay eh sya nga nag-announce sa caucus (recently na dapat) before the period of amendments, na ‘mag submit na kayo ng tig P300 million na mga projects nyo.’ So anong ibig sabihin nun? Dapat huwag na lang syang mag comment sa hearsay lang sinabi ko na para bang chismis lang yung sinabi ko. My advice to her is, she should be honest to herself and to the Filipino taxpayers by at least not commenting,” Lacson stated.