Bong Go: ‘Cholesterol-free’, ‘pork-free’ 2020 national budget

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 04 2019 09:13 PM

MANILA - Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday said he will scrutinize the proposed 2020 national budget to make sure that no taxpayers’ money will be wasted and that it will be a “pork-free, cholesterol-free" budget.

Go, who is currently the vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said the 2020 national budget will undergo scrutiny to make sure that government can maximize it for the betterment of the lives of Filipinos.

“Ako, I’m in favor of pork-free, or cholesterol-free budget. Isa ako sa maghihimay niyan,” Go told.

“Kung kailangan po salain natin ang mga cholesterol, gamitan natin ng tubig para lumutang 'yung mga cholesterol, gagawin natin. I want pork-free.”

Go said the budget should be given back to the people through quality and easily accessible basic services, such as healthcare for the indigent and victims of calamities and disasters.

“I'm for cholesterol-free budget. Ibalik sa tao 'yung dapat ibalik (katulad ng) basic services (such as) health – ito 'yung mga (naapektuhan ng) disaster, nangangailangan po ito. Ibalik natin sa tao ang pera nila,” Go explained to the press.

Asked if he supports the adoption of the House version of the budget and the removal or vetoing of reported “parked” funds, Go told that he will look into the matter carefully.

“Mag-uusap pa kami. Sa ngayon, basta I'm for pork-free (budget). Ayaw ko ng mga mayroon (hindi pagkakaintindihan),” Go said.

On the possibility of budget reenactment, Go said that the budget for next year must be passed by Congress in time.

“Alam mo, ang laki na ng nawawala sa Pilipino, ang laki na ng nawawala sa gobyerno tuwing reenacted budget. Kawalan po ng lahat, they are deprived of the basic services po pag re-enacted po,” Go said, adding that he wants to pass the budget on time.

“Bilisan na natin ito. Trabaho nga naming mga senador ay ipasa 'yung batas. Bakit hinahayaan natin na hindi maipasa ito on time? Wala nga tayong ginagawa, ang bilis bilis ng session dito. Kulang (pa ang nagagawa) at naghahanap pa ako ng trabaho dito,” Go urged.