With 6 days to go, impossible to pass budget

December 03, 2018

FOR Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Cynthia Vilar, passing the 2019 national budget within the six session days left is utterly impossible.

In his plenary motion, Lacson urged his colleagues to maintain their position not to rush the approval of the proposed budget to maintain quality in their proceedings.

In his estimate, Lacson claimed that if the interpellations are required to be finished this Friday (December 7), it will mean that they will spend only 15 minutes in the discussion of the budget of each government agency.

This will also mean that the senators will be forced to skip eating breakfast, lunch and dinner and even snacks.  They will not have the luxury of going to the toilet also.

“We are supposed to finish the period of interpellations on Friday. There are 271 items in the agenda. Assuming we work 24 hours a day, we have to tackle 3.76 agencies in one hour. It means we have to finish one agency in 15 mins,” Lacson explained.

“This is assuming that we dont have breakfast break, lunch break, dinner break and even merienda break,” he added.

For Cynthia Villar, the best scenario now is to have a reenacted budget up until they passed the proposed budget early next year.

“Magsukat ka nga kung kakayanin mo yun. Ang target nila January 29, reenacted ng one month. Paano na 6 days to go, kaya ba yun eh ang daming tanong,” Villar reasoned out while blaming the House of Representative for the delay in transmittal of the General Appropriations Bill (GAB).