Lacson urges Duterte to veto 'pork' in 2019 budget 

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) — Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson on Tuesday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to veto all "pork" barrel or discretionary funds allegedly inserted in the proposed 2019 budget.

In a tweet, Lacson urged Duterte to use his "line-item veto power" to remove "all the 'pork' inserted by lawmakers who are incorrigibly insatiable and simply 'beyond redemption'."

The law allows a President to reject any item in the national appropriation, provided that it won't affect those that he does not object.

Lacson has been accusing some members of the House of Representatives of inserting multibillion worth of discretionary funds in the ₱3.575 trillion budget for this year.

READ: Lacson maintains 'pork' inserted in 2019 budget

Last December, the senator revealed that some congressmen received budget beyond the ₱60 million provided to all House members under the 2019 General Appropriations Bill. He specifically identified a representative who supposedly received ₱1.9 billion worth of projects, while another got ₱2.4 billion, of which ₱500 million went to farm-to-market roads.

The government has been using a reenacted budget since January after Congress failed to pass the proposal last year due to issues of anomalous insertions.

The national budget is poised to hurdle the bicameral committee this week.

Senator Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate finance panel, on Monday said the committee eyes the ratification of the proposal by Friday, February 8.