Published November 9, 2019, 5:37 PM
By Mario Casayuran
Passage of the proposed 2020 P4.1 trillion national budget before the end of 2019 may be delayed as senators cried foul over the alleged plan of the House of Representatives leadership to sneak in P100 billion in pork barrel appropriations or about P500 million per congressman during their Senate-Lower House bicameral conference committee meetings.
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, an anti-pork barrel system advocate, raised this possibility as he and other senators belonging to both the Senate majority and minority blocs have hardened their position against any repeat of the 2019 budget experience where its approval was delayed for three months after the Lower House leadership insisted in forcing
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