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)
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)
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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