Duterte to 'scrutinize every provision' of 2019 budget bill - spox

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Posted at Mar 27 2019 09:50 AM

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President Rodrigo Duterte will "scrutinize every provision" of the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget, against which Senate President Vicente Sotto III expressed "strong reservations", Malacañang said Wednesday. 

Sotto on Tuesday signed the budget, but called on Duterte to veto "unconstitutional" provisions within the spending plan, including the alleged realignment of a P75-billion chunk of the proposal. 

"The President, like the lawyer that he is, will be evaluating the budget, scrutinize every provision then decide whether or not as claimed by some, certain portions are unconstitutional," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told ANC. 

Duterte could approve the proposed budget within "a few days", he said. 

The government has been operating on a reenacted 2018 budget since January. 

ANC, 27 March 2019