8 months Sotto proposes to withdraw Senate approval of GAB MB
By Vanne Elaine Terrazola and Charissa Luci-Atienza A frustrated Senate President Vicente Sotto III is thinking of withdrawing the Upper Chamber’s approval of the P3.757-trillion proposed 2019 national budget and instead opt for a reenacted budget to quell allegations of “pork” insertions in the government’s spending program. Sotto floated on Wednesday the possibility that the Senate will retract the third reading approval of its version of the General Appropriations Bills (GAB) amid the claims from both chambers of Congress that lawmakers pushed for their respective amendments in the budget. “Considering the numerous allegations being leveled at the 2019 budget both ... more