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SEN. LACSON ASKS PALACE NOT TO ENDORSE DBM'S ANTICIPATED CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSION



On Wednesday, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno announced that they will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte to call for a special session to speed up the passage of the 2019 national budget.

This doesn't seem to sit well with some lawmakers to include Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Drilon said the consensus in the Senate, both majority and minority, is not to rush the budget.

Meantime, during the deliberation of the Office of the President’s budget on Thursday, Lacson made a manifestation appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte – through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea not to endorse the anticipated recommendation of Diokno to call for a special session.

The lawmaker explained that looking at the schedule, after the Office of the President's budget, the Senate still have to tackle some big agencies to include the Departments of Tourism, Public Works and Highways, and Justice.

Lacson continued in saying that even if the President calls for a special session and even if the lawmakers extend their session for another five days, for another week, it would still be impossible to enact the 2019 national budget before the year ends.

Earlier, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno expressed concern saying that a reenacted budget may result to economic slowdown.

The Department of Budget and Management estimates that a reenacted budget would reduce disbursements by around ₱220 billion by 2019.