Kiko agrees to give Duterte extra powers but "with serious reservations"

Kiko agrees to give Duterte extra powers but "with serious reservations"

Of all the opposition senators in the Senate it was only Risa Hontiveros that made a stand not to say yes in granting the President extra powers that would allow Duterte to realign the national budget in order to prioritize the fight of the nation against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

Senate Bill 1418 or the "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act" authorizes the president to "reprogram, reallocate, and realign any appropriation" in the 2020 budget, provided that it will be used in the fight against COVID-19.

But Liberal Party President and fellow opposition senator Francis Pangilinan voted in favor of the said bill "with serious reservations" and warned executive agencies to implement the measure "effectively."

Senator Francis Kiko Pangilinan
(photo credit to owner)

"It is a warning and an admonition to the inter-agency task force (IATF) that our people deserve better from them, and that the incoherent and often confusing, conflicting, and haphazard policy pronouncements in the past 2 weeks ought to be the last coming from IATF," he said.

"We will call them out should we see that the law and funding we have put in place are not being implemented as envisioned," he said.

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