Duterte signs 2019 national budget; vetoes P95.3B
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the 2019 national budget, Malacañang said on Monday.
“Yes,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said when asked if Duterte has signed the budget.
“The President, among others, vetoed 95.3 Billion pesos items of appropriations in the Details of DPWH Programs/Projects, which are not within the programmed priorities,” Medialdea added.
He said Duterte signed the budget on Monday.
The government has been operating on a reenacted budget since the start of 2019 after Congress failed to pass the budget in 2019 due to alleged insertions and questionable allocations.
The President received the enrolled General Appropriations Bill (GAB) on March 26.
Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also confirmed on Monday night the signing of the national budget.
Asked what was vetoed by the President, Sotto said in a text message, “Yun recommended naming P75B plus P20.3 billion pa.”
The Senate and the House had locked horns over the alleged unconstitutional realignments or “pork” in the budget. With a report from Maila Ager/ac