Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess - HS Cayetano

Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess - HS Cayetano




The Senator from the Liberal Party is being blamed for being the cause of all the hitches in the ongoing staging of the country of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

House Speaker Peter Allan Cayetano has called out the name of senator Franklin Drilon was the one in the first place made it difficult for the SEA Games organizers to their job when the latter delayed the approval of its 2019 budget.


The House Speaker seconded the  statement of House Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero ’s earlier statement that the Senate, including Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, is “partly to blame” for the delayed budget approval.

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano
(photo credit to PDI)


Cayetano explains that Drilon made moves to cut the budget for the SEA Games and have it transferred to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

“It was Senator Drilon who moved the budget of the SEA Games to the PSC and it was Senator Drilon who proposed cutting it by 33%…” Cayetano said on Monday, addressing military officers.

“Pero siya ‘yung naglelead ng criticism. Siyempre nandoon ako sa Senate, alangan namang magbastusan kami. Nake-kwento ko lang yan in context na we need better communication,” he added.

(But he’s the one who’s leading the criticism. Of course I was in the Senate and I don’t want to be rude. I am just saying this in the context that we need better communication.)


Romero’s insinuations are misplaced – Drilon


Senator Drilon earlier slammed Romero’s statements and labelled it as an “insult to the leadership of the Senate and that his statements or claims were “baseless” or “misplaced”

He explains that the delay was caused by unconstitutional insertions made by the House members “in the budget to the tune of P95.3 billion worth of pork barrel funds.”


“To refresh Mr. Romero’s memory, had it not been for the solution or compromise that I proposed, which enabled Senate President Vicente Sotto to sign and send the 2019 budget to MalacaƱang, we would not have resolved the 2019 budget impasse and we would have continued on a reenacted budget,” Drilon said in a statement.






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