Bayan Muna disputes ‘lack of budget’ claim, says Duterte admin ‘inefficient’ in tapping funds

Bayan Muna disputes ‘lack of budget’ claim, says Duterte admin ‘inefficient’ in tapping funds

The opposition seems to be not putting any breaks anytime soon as they continue to criticize the Duterte administration every chance they have.

Bayan Muna partylist has disputed in public the assertion of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the issue on the lack of government funds needed for the continuing battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid-19.

Rep. Carlos Zarate and chair Neri Colmenares insists that the President needs to just look at the 2020 budget. And that the delays on the much needed social amelioration programs are not due to budgetary shortage, as the recently signed  Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act has given Duterte powers to tap into the items in the budget.

Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate and chair Neri Colmenares
(photo credit to owner)

Rather, both Zarate and Colmenares said that it is due to Duterte’s and his administration’s inefficiency.

“It is not true that the reason for the confusion and the failure to give financial assistance to people is because there are no funds.   He promised us that he will be able to get all the funds, if we give him emergency powers through the Bayanihan Law. But until now, many are still left without help from government,” Zarate said in a statement on Tuesday.

“There are billions in the budget that are yet untapped which were actually contained in his Report but President Duterte is very slow and inefficient in tapping these funds,” he added.

Bayan Muna chair claims that the Chief Executive was just playing the public acting to be pitiful in saying here were items in the 2020 budget that may be used to source the P270 billion fund.

“It is not true that there are no funds to support the Php 270 Billion outlay for the amelioration fund. Nagpapaawa lang sya kunyari para matabunan ang kapalpakan nya (He is just making himself look pitiful to cover up for his shortcomings),” Colmenares explained.

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  1. BAYAG MUNA,,, wala na nga kayo naitulong puro pa kayo dada!!! mga PESTE kayo...