Attempt to ‘sabotage’ Duterte denounced

Vicente Sotto III

IT seems that Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson are out to make President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte fail by allegedly badmouthing the 2019 national budget.

“It seems that Senator Ping Lacson is holding President Duterte and the entire Filipino people hostage to his continuing animosity towards our Speaker (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo). He has obviously convinced the Senate leadership to do his bidding,” said House Majority Floor Leader and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro.

“It seems with their maneuverings, they want [the] President to fail,” Castro accused Sotto and Lacson.

“I’d like to remind our people that the Senate has so far also failed to act on other priority legislation that forms part of the President’s agenda. These include continuing the process of Charter change towards federalism, passing the second tranche of tax reform or TRAIN 2, the traffic emergency bill and creating a new Department of Disaster Management, among others,” said Castro.

Castro said the senators should also explain where they placed the P2.5 billion they took from the Greening Project, the P3 billion they removed from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholarship.

“Paano ang TESDA scholarship, the P11 billion for the Right of way projects for the President’s Build Build Build program, the P2.5 billion funding for foreign assisted projects. The Senate removed all those allocations and we don’t know where they put them,” said Castro.