MANILA - Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Tuesday announced that the upper chamber has "agreed to support" President Rodrigo Duterte's cash-based budgeting for 2019.
The decision was made during the all-senators’ caucus Tuesday afternoon.
The cash-based budgeting is in contrast to the congressmen’s position, who insisted that this system will only allow government agencies to spend their received budget during the fiscal year.
Sotto's announcement came opposite to what Majority Leader Migz Zubiri said Monday. Zubiri told reporters that senators are for the obligated-budget system, similar to the position of congressmen.
It also ran counter to Sotto’s announcement Monday that the Senate will not take any position on the budget issue and will just leave it to the House of Representatives to decide on it.
As for the budget hearing schedule, which the Senate has deferred for two days, Sotto said: “Some (of the budget hearings) will resume soon, some will not. But all hearings will be based on the NEP (national expenditure program) and not the GAB (general appropriations bill) yet. The GAB has to emanate from the HOR.”
“The ball is with the HOR. We support the executive proposal.”
Zubiri, meantime, said scheduled hearings for Wednesday regarding the Office of the President will be deferred again.