Swift approval: Senate OKs Office of the President’s 2020 P8.2-B budget

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2019 03:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 19 2019 05:01 PM

Senator Bong Go greets Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea after the approval of the P8.201 billion budget of the Office of the President for 2020. Angie De Silva, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Senate on Tuesday automatically approved the Office of the President’s P8.2-billion budget for next year.

The OP’s budget, sponsored by President Rodrigo Duterte’s long-time aide Bong Go, was passed in less than a minute as no senator raised questions about the budget.

“I have no doubt that President Duterte’s office is using its budget solely for the benefit of the Filipino people,” Go said in his sponsorship speech.

The Department of Trade and Industry’s P9.45-billion budget also breezed through the chamber.

The DTI has been one of the best performing departments, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said.

It has done well in promoting micro, small, and medium enterprises, he said.