Malacañang: Duterte may sign 2019 budget before Lenten break

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2019   •   3504

MANILA, Philippines – The proposed P3.737-trillion 2019 national budget is likely to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte before Lenten break, Malacañang said Monday (April 8).  

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said signing the 2019 General Appropriations bill this week will give the President the opportunity to veto some line items rather than allow the bill to lapse into law.

A measure, approved by both houses of Congress, lapses into law as is if the President does not sign or act on it 30 days after it was transmitted to his office.

“Before Holy Week, maaaring mapirmahan ng Pangulo [ang budget] just to be on the safe side na hind siya mag-lapse into law,” Nograles said.

(The President might sign the budget before Holy Week just to be on the safe side that it won’t lapse into law)

Signing the 2019 budget bill will end the months of impasse over alleged insertions wrangled by some lawmakers.

The government has been running on a reenacted budget since January after Congress failed to pass the proposed 2019 spending program on time.

The administration’s economic advisers have warned that the country’s economic growth could slow down to 4.2 to 4.9 percent from 6.2 percent in 2018 if the government continues to operate on a reenacted budget the entire year.

Nograles said the government will have to catch-up with the infrastructure projects scheduled to be implemented this year once the 2019 budget is signed. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Yulo, Petecio other athletes to meet with Duterte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Pole vaulter John Ernest Obiena, boxer Eumir Marcial, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio

Filipino athletes including gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio will meet President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (October 16), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“They will be meeting with the President. They will have a courtesy call,” Panelo said during the press briefing on Tuesday (October 15).

Yulo has won the gold medal in the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship while Petecio clinched the gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championship featherweight division.

John Ernest Obiena, the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Olympics, will also meet the president. Boxer Eumir Marcial will also join the three athletes in the courtesy call on Wednesday.—AAC

Malacañang said it will respect SC ruling on Marcos electoral protest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it will abide by whatever the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Whatever the decision of the court, we should abide by it,” noted Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In 2016, Marcos accused Robredo of “massive cheating” in the 2016 elections.

He lost to Robredo by some 260,000 votes, but Robredo’s camp said her lead over Marcos grew by 15,000 votes after the initial recount.

On Tuesday (October 14), the PET ordered the release of a report on the initial recount of votes.

“Hayaan ninyo na sila (Let them be). We’ll just wait and let the parties argue their case in court and PET will have to render its decision,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Panelo: We’re always proud every time a Filipino wins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2019

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

The Malacañang has lauded Filipino athletes including Carlos Yulo, Eumir Marcial and Nesthy Petecio for their recent accomplishments in the world stage.

During a press briefing on Monday (October 14), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is always proud of all the achievements of Filipino athletes.

“We congratulate the gold medalists. We’re always proud every time a Filipino wins, even a bronze or silver medal,” he said.

Carlos Yulo took home the gold medal in the men’s floor exercise category of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday (October 12).

Yulo is the first Filipino who clinched gold in the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

READ: Nesthy Petecio wins the gold, second Filipino World Champion in boxing

In boxing, Nesthy Petecio won the gold medal in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia on Sunday (October 13).

Meanwhile, Eumir Marcial won silver in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships last September.

“Isa lang ibig sabihin noon, magaling tayo kahit na every now and then (It only means one thing, that we are great—even if it’s just every now and then),” Panelo said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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