MANILA—House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said there is no pork barrel in the 2020 national budget as defined by the Supreme Court in a ruling.
Cayetano said it will be up to the executive department to make sure there is no corruption.
“Anything can be used for corruption but Congress made sure that there will be no projects that are prone to corruption like lump sums at the discretion of lawmakers,” he said.
The 2019 budget was delayed by 4 months because of wrangling between the House and the Senate over alleged pork barrel funds.
Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado defended the proposed 2020 national budget from left-wing lawmakers' allegations that it contained "pork barrel."
Left-wing party-list group Bayan Muna said that next year's budget proposal contained up to P1.7 trillion in funds that are not itemized.
Among the special purpose funds in the 2020 Budget bill are: the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, the Contingent Fund, the Pension and Gratuity Fund and the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the budget into law but he also vetoed over P95 billion in projects which the executive said was not among the priorities of the President.
The budget maybe finalized and signed at the very latest on January 6, according to Executive Secretary Medialdia.