Lacson urges lawmakers to bare amendments in 2020 budget

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 05 2019 04:23 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2019 04:43 PM

MANILA - Lawmakers who proposed amendments to the 2020 budget should bare the changes they made, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday, a day after he alleged that billions-worth of projects were "parked" in the National Expenditure Program.

Making the amendments public would dispel suspicion that the amendments were made to insert pork, or funds that would benefit individuals instead of institutions, Lacson said in an interview on radio DZBB.

"We should make everything public. That includes all amendments we submit, whether institutional or individual," he said.

"Most if not all lawmakers have their own websites. Why not post their amendments there, for the public to scrutinize?" he said, noting that several lawmakers simply write their proposed budget amendments on table napkins, instead of disclosing it during budget deliberations.

Lacson issued the "challenge" a day after he said lumpsums were inserted into the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of the Interior and Local Government without the knowledge of the agencies' heads.

Some of the "parked" funds were allocated for the repair of Kennon Road and for further assistance to local government units, the senator said.

The Palace earlier told Lacson to identify the projects so President Rodrigo Duterte could remove these.