SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has said she respects the decision of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to veto P95.3-billion items under the 2019 P3.757-trillion national budget.
“It’s done and we trust the President’s judgment,” said Arroyo after President Duterte signed the national budget into law as Republic Act No. 11260 or the “General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019” last April 15.
President Duterte vetoed some appropriations under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Labor and Employment-National Labor Relations Commission (DA-NLRC), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DoH) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Arroyo, a former President, recalled that she exercised the presidential veto in the national budget as a matter of her prerogative during her nine-year presidency.
“Even me, I used to line veto. Every year I partially vetoed the budget,” said Arroyo.
Like Arroyo, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr., who chairs the House Committee on Appropriations, said “we respect the decision of President Duterte on the 2019 national budget.”
“The President knows what is best for the country and our people,” said Andaya as he reiterated that the leadership of Arroyo led the swift passage of the priority measures of President Duterte in the House of Representatives, including the national budget that will pass the constitutionality test.
“In support of President Duterte’s legislative agenda, the House of Representatives has approved all of the President’s priority bills in record time,” said Andaya.