Sober budget debate urged

ANAKALUSUGAN Rep. Mike Defensor, chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, yesterday said rumors and fake news have no place in the deliberation on the 2020 budget even as he lauded Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III for calling for open, public and transparent debates and discussions on the  national budget for greater transparency.

Defensor said that the House of Representatives through Speaker Alan Cayetano already  initiated this by outlining to the public the institutional amendments the House made to the budget.

“Our only collective request is that we avoid purveying fake news and rumors  during budget discussions,” Defensor said.  

“The discipline and parameters of our debates and statements on the budget are not only for the Senate, but as well as for the House of Representatives,” he added.

This way, intelligent and relevant discussions can be achieved by both Chambers, he added.

Earlier, the House introduced institutional amendments to the proposed 2020 national budget that take into consideration the various needs of the farmers, educators, health workers, Metro Manila development workers while also making a priority the country’s electrification program and this is just the start.

has lauded Speaker Cayetano, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and House Appropriations Chairman Isidro Ungab for doing a great job for the Executive department in ensuring that this budget passes with no pork, no delay and no parking.  

Before adjourning the session, Speaker Cayetano gave the marching order to ensure full transparency in the budget deliberations.

“We hope that the Senate leadership being an institution that we look up to will debate and ensure that its collective membership will keep the time-honored inter-parliamentary courtesy,” he stressed.