Senator Loren Legarda dismissed as mere “hearsay” claims made by Sen. Panfilo Lacson on a pork-like merchandise within the proposed 2018 national finances amounting to P4.eight billion as she brushed reporters’ questions on the problem.
“I cannot answer based on hearsay, sorry,” an apparently irate senator mentioned.
“I would like to see what it is. Why do you ask me to identify something which you asked another senator? I think you should ask the senator who stated that then show it to me so that I will know,” Legarda, chair of the Senate finance committee, mentioned.
She was referring to Lacson who lately mentioned on his Tweeter account that he noticed a pork-like merchandise in subsequent 12 months’s finances.
Lacson mentioned the pork merchandise could possibly be realigned to fund the lately signed legislation making free the faculty schooling in state universities and faculties (SUCs) within the nation.
But Legarda doesn’t need to deal with Lacson’s claim squarely except he confirmed her the allocation himself.
“Hindi pwedeng haka-haka. I’d like to be asked questions and you should have the details so I can look for it in the budget. I don’t know what he (Lacson) is referring to actually. If he is referring to the budget of every district of every congressman, there is a budget for every district because our country is divided into congressional districts. So what do you do to infrastructure projects in provinces and districts?” she requested.
Legarda mentioned that the Supreme Court had declared the pork barrel unconstitutional.
Asked if she has “spotted” the identical in some of the provisions of the proposed finances, Legarda mentioned “I don’t know because it does not say who is the author of that project (kasi) hindi naman nakalagay di ba?”
“It does not say who is the congressman who put that line-item,” she mentioned.
“Give me the name of the congressman, give me the projects of the P5 billion, what are the names of the projects, what is the nature of these projects and then that is the only time I can answer you,” she mentioned.