Aug 14, 2017 @ 16:59

Some members of the House of Representatives may have already gotten as a lot as P80 million every in pork barrel funds in the 2018 budget, Sen. Panfilo Lacson stated Monday.

Lacson instructed reporters this consists of P50 million in infrastructure tasks and P20 to 30 million in “soft” tasks resembling scholarships.

“Ang alam ko, congressmen nag-submit ng tig-P50 million infrastructure, plus another P20-30 million for soft,” he stated.

He stated that whereas some fellow lawmakers insist there isn’t any pork in the 2018 budget, they’re referring to a restricted definition of pork as identification of tasks earlier than laws.

Yet, Lacson stated such tasks violate the Supreme Court’s ruling to respect the Local Government Code.

“Dapat sinama nila sa discussion ng Local Development Council or kasama sa local development plan. Hindi eh. Sarili lang nila yan. Sila nag-isip anong project gagawin nila,” he stated.

As a consequence, he stated there may be duplication of budgets for a similar tasks resembling college buildings.

He stated that whereas the Department of Education has a budget for college constructing packages, the Department of Public Works and Highways has its personal budget for college buildings as recognized by congressmen.

“Mas grabe pa ang sa senador. Sa senador … magsa-submit pa before the period of amendments. Nagde-deliberate na. Mas grabe pa. Nasaan ang planning? Wala,” he stated.

“Pork pa rin sa definition ng Supreme Court ruling kasi walang coordination sa Local Government Code. E member pa naman sila, members ang congressmen. Now how would you explain participation ng senador sa submission ng mga projects before the period of amendments? Pork pa rin yan. Kaya ini-insist ko meron pa ring pork,” he added.

Source: politics.com.ph