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SENATE ADOPTS RESOLUTION URGING ROAD BOARD NOT TO RELEASE ANY FUNDS FROM ROAD USER'S TAX



While sessions of the 17th Congress nearing end, the Senate adopted a resolution seeking to prohibit the release of funds collected under the Motor Vehicle Users' Charge.

Senator Franklin Drilon, also the Minority leader, iniated the move on Thursday as both chambers passed their versions of the bill abolishing the Road Board.

This was supported by the Senate leadership.

During Tuesday's Questions Hour at the House of Representatives, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno maintained that no fund will be released following the Palace's order.

Diokno's response came after members of the lower chamber told him not to withhold the funding that will be used to finance Mindanao's road projects.

This as the House of Representatives voided in September its earlier decision supporting the abolition of the graft-ridden agency.

While this developed, the Senators urged President Rodrigo Duterte to step in to address the issue.

Drilon said the refusal of the presiding officer of either chamber to sign the copy should not defeat the decision taken by both houses as a whole, this as their move merely certifies that the Constitutional process was followed.