House shake-up: Ungab ousted after Cayetano 'lost trust, confidence' - solon

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Posted at Mar 03 2020 08:48 AM | Updated as of Mar 03 2020 09:27 AM

House shake-up: Ungab ousted after Cayetano 'lost trust, confidence' - solon 1
Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano lost trust and confidence in Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab which led to the latter's removal as chairman of the House appropriations committee, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

Ungab was unseated Monday afternoon as talks of a looming coup and the election of new House leaders swirled in the chamber.

"I think the Speaker has personal issues with regard to chairman Ungab because there are certain appropriations which were removed or realigned without the prior clearance of the Speaker," Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga told ANC's Early Edition.

"In short, the Speaker lost his trust and confidence to (chairman) Ungab."

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Ungab was replaced by ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap, an ally of Davao City Rep. Paolo Duterte in the National Unity Party--the second largest bloc in the chamber and is headed by Barzaga.

Ungab’s removal comes after reports that congressmen are restive over a Budget department circular that classifies funds for lawmakers' projects for later release and subject to certain conditions.

Barzaga said the DBM circular requires the district engineer to "specify projects concretely in order to avoid ghost projects."

The DBM circular comes after reports that P80 billion worth of budget insertions were made by congressmen during the bicameral conference committee.

"It’s not that high. That’s been always the practice. There were insertions not only in the House of Representatives but insertions coming from the members of the Senate," Ungab said.