AFTER FOREVER | Pres. Duterte signs 2019 budget, vetoes P95.3-B worth of items

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APRIL 15, 2019 — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the proposed P3.7 trillion 2019 national budget, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed on Monday.

Duterte, however, vetoed a total of P95.3 billion worth of appropriations in Department of Public Works and Highways items which are not among the administration’s priority initiatives.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and other senators earlier denounced the alleged P75 billion illegal insertions and realignments made by members of the House of Representatives.

The House and Senate have been at loggerheads over the supposed anomalous tweaks in the spending bill which hampered deliberations in Congress.

The government has been running on a reenacted budget since the start of the year.