Drilon defends 2013 budget

Posted at Nov 29 2012 07:09 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2012 03:09 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Franklin Drilon on Thursday denied that the 2013 budget proposals were not scrutinized properly and are just "xerox copies" of each other.

"What is important is how the budget is executed. The fact that our economy grew by 7.1% in the last quarter and over 6% in the first two quarters indicate that indeed this administration has been putting or executing the budget very well. There is so much confidence in the President," he told ANC.

"We found the budget to be in order. We scrutinized it. We had hearings on the budget for 5 months so it is not true that this budget was not scrutinized," he added.

He also denied that lump sum appropriations in the national budget are growing. He said previous lump sums were broken up and distributed to proper agencies.

He said the PAMANA fund used to assist in the peace process in rebel-infested areas was distributed to executing agencies such as the DPWH, DOH and LWUA.

ANC News Now, November 29, 2012