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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Press Statement of Appropriations Chairman Rolando Andaya Jr. Re: PRRD budget veto
15 April 2019 09:34:28 PM

There are many kinds of veto. It has many variants. There is the direct veto, and the conditional veto. The president can also place several provisions under conditional implementation and attach requisites before an appropriations can be released so that such act complies with the laws.

I believe that the veto being speculated about is of the conditional kind. As such, the appropriation remains but its release is subject to conditions. Thus, in the interest of transparency and for the guidance of the public, I urge Malacanang to release the President's veto message in full immediately so that we can base our reaction on the official document.

My friends in the Senate are going to town claiming victory over the deletion of the House amendments.

Does this mean that the Senate pork remains intact? Could this be the reason for their celebratory mood. Hindi Biyernes Santo sa Senado ngayon kundi Pasko. It behooves the Senate to tell the people how much in their insertions were carried in the national budget? And how big is the bacon each senator is bringing home?

On the part of the House, we have been transparent as to the authorship of the amendments. The Senate has been silent about theirs. It's time to break their Omerta.