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  • ‘Yearly pork battle is on’ – Lacson

    first_img“He forgets that he and hisco-conspirators in the House had illegally inserted P95 billion in the 2019national budget which the President vetoed as recommended by the Senate,”Lacson said. MANILA – Sen. Panfilo Lacson declined toreveal his congressmen-sources who informed him of the alleged budgetinsertions in the 2020 spending plan. “Probably one reason why I get moreinformation than the others is my discipline to protect my sources, no matterwhat. And some pathetic congressmen want me to reveal my sources?” Lacson saidin a tweet on Thursday. “The yearly ‘pork battle’ is on. Glovesare off once more. It’s time to lose some friends and create more enemies. I’llbe busy blocking trolls again. I never learn,” he added. Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro earlier saidhe and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez challenged Lacson to name hissources. Lacson, who has long waged a crusadeagainst discretionary allocations in the national budget, told Castro to “takesome memory enhancement pills” as he cited the alleged insertions in the 2019budget, which delayed its passage. The country operated on a reenacted 2018budget until President Rodrigo Duterte signed this year’s spending plan inApril.  Sen. Panfilo Lacson Lacson had alleged that congressmenwould supposedly get P700 million each while P1.5 billion would be allotted toeach of the 22 deputy speakers under the proposed spending plan. Castro called Lacson misguided and urgedhim to apologize to House members. Malacañang said President RodrigoDuterte would not hesitate to reject the spending plan if he found itunconstitutional. (With ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more