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Barzaga: ‘This is first time Lacson has recognized pork-free budget’

Nov 4, 2019 @ 16:08

Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. on Monday welcomed the proposal of Sen. Ping Lacson for the Senate to simply adopt the House-approved version of the P4.1 trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) for 2020.

The chairman of the House committee on natural resources, said Lacson’s declaration that the budget bill has no “pork” was a validation for the House leadership headed by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and House appropriations panel chairman Isidro Ungab,.

“As far as I know, this is the first time that Sen. Lacson recognized that the national budget transmitted by the House of Representatives to the Senate is pork-free, bereft of any illegal parking of funds and insertions,” Barzaga said.

“I commend and thank my province-mate from Cavite, Sen. Ping, who has been consistent on his advocacy against pork-barrel funds, for his very fair and objective assessment of the national budget that the House of Representatives swiftly approved following thorough scrutiny and deliberations,” he said.

“The statement of Sen. Ping will likely further improve the better working ties of the House of Representatives and the Senate,” Barzaga added.

“We have done our part and the ball is now in the hands of senators to consider the very good proposal of their colleague,” the president of the National Unity Party (NUP) pointed out.

“The House of Representatives has transformed into the House of Reforms,” he said.

“We expect the institution under the leadership of Speaker Cayetano to continue performing excellently in the coming months to help the President carry all his projects and programs to further propel our economy to greater heights,” said Barzaga.

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