Palace: Duterte will not sign proposed 2020 budget if against Constitution

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 18 2019 10:10 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will not sign the proposed P4.1- trillion national budget for 2020 if it is against the Constitution, Malacañang said Wednesday.

This, after a lawmaker revealed that each member of the House of Representatives will receive P100 million for their projects. 

“Aantayin natin pag sinubmit na kay Presidente then he will decide whether it is pork or not. He will veto it if it is against the Constitution,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

“It doesn’t matter kung Executive ang nag-process nun. The ultimate hand that will veto or approve it will be the President’s,” he added.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of House Ways and Means Committee, was quick to deny the allocation was pork barrel, saying the projects of every lawmaker were itemized in the National Expenditure Program (NEP). 

Salceda said this was because lawmakers earlier sent their funding proposals to the Executive branch as they were preparing the budget.

Duterte has certified as urgent the proposed 2020 budget, calling for the immediate passage to "maintain continuous government operations."