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Palace disregards Miriam’s claim on alleged pork barrel in 2015 budget

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Malacanang shrugged off claims of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago that the proposed 2015 national budget still contains pork barrel funds.

In an interview, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that there’s no pork barrel in the 2015 national budget.

Also, Secretary Abad defended the lump sum of 37.3 Billion pesos which the government allocated for the scholarships of students, hospitalization of the poor and other government projects.

Abad stated that the lump sum allocation in the 2015 national budget has been itemized clearly.

In line with this, Abad denied the allegation of Santiago that the 2015 budget is really for the 2016 national elections.

Meanwhile, according to PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Palace recognizes the Senate as it scrutinizes all items included in the proposed 2015 national budget.

Malacanang also is putting into consideration the constitution and the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the PDAF case.

The Palace is hoping that whatever issue regarding the national budget will be resolved so that it can be approved and signed by the President to avoid a re-enacted budget for next year.

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