The national budget for 2019 will be reenacted according to Sen. Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, a vice-chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance.
Lacson expressed doubts that they can pass the proposed Php 3.757 trillion budget for 2019 before the end of the year since Congress will adjourn their session on Friday, Dec. 14, and will resume session on January 13, 2019.
According to the senator, they still need to study the budget allocated to big government agencies including the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Health, the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Even if the Congress extends their session until next week, Lacson said that the proposed national budget still needs to be approved by the bicameral conference before being sent to desk of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Hindi kakayanin talaga kasi kapag pinasa naman ito, ipinasara yung period of interpolation, mag-bibicameral conference pa, mag-iimprenta pa. Bubusisiin pa iyan ng Pangulo dahil sa kanyang veto power. Paano maipapasa hanggan Dec.31?” Lacson said during DZRH’s Isyu.
“Panigurado na talaga iyon, mag-rerenact tayo,” Lacson added.
The senator added that they cannot be blamed for the re-enactment of the national budget since it was already late when the Senate received the proposed he proposed 2019 Fiscal Year General Appropriations Bill.
The House of Representatives approved the proposed budget for 2019 in a final reading on Nov. 20 before the draft was brought to the Senate for further review.
Budget Sec. Benjamin Diokno said that he will recommend that President Rodrigo Duterte call a special session so that Congress can approve the national budget and avoid a re-enacted budget for next year.