Romualdez lauds Lacson for ‘acknowledging’ pork-free budget


House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Monday commended Sen. Ping Lacson for “acknowledging the hard work of the House of Representatives in ensuring a pork-free national budget” for 2020.

“His proposal for the Senate to adopt the national budget that we approved is a step in the right direction. This bolsters our position that what we approved and transmitted to the Senate is a constitutionally compliant General Appropriations Bill,” the Leyte lawmaker said.

Romualdez said: “Let me reiterate, the money measure that we passed under the leadership of Speaker Cayetano will marshal a budget for a meaningful change and a reflection not only of the President’s vision to make the life of Filipinos better, but also of the people’s will.”

On Sunday, Lacson praised the House leadership for being “most behaved” by not making insertions in the 2020 budget bill.

Aside from declaring the House-approved budget bill as “pork-free,” Lacson also said he only found P9.5 billion in institutional amendments made by the chamber, as earlier announced by Cayetano.

Romualdez said the swift passage of the national budget “is a product of our commitment to help propel the country’s economic growth under the leadership of President Duterte.”

“Pork barrel system is a thing of the past. Line item budgeting system will be strictly observed to ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement of public funds,” he said.