Diokno explains spike in budget for Office of the President


Posted at Aug 16 2016 04:53 PM

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s office is seeking a budget of P20 billion in 2017, seven times bigger than the current year, to fund the country’s hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, a cabinet official said Tuesday.

Around P15 billion of the proposed amount will be distributed to government agencies that will be involved in the summit, which will also mark the regional bloc’s 50th anniversary, Diokno told DZMM.

“Okay naman yan kasi malaking pera din papasok sa atin pag tayo nag-host ng ASEAN [That's okay because money will also enter the country when we host ASEAN],” Diokno said.

Duterte is seeking a record P3.35 trillion from lawmakers to fund his first full year in office. The amount includes sharp increases in funding for the police and the military as the 71-year-old leader wages a relentless campaign against crime.