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Solons to Palace: Identify source, get supplement By Angie M. Rosales 10/25/2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Solons to Palace: Identify source, get supplement

By Angie M. Rosales 10/25/2010

Legislators are not keen on providing Malacañang with a supplemental budget to fund rehabilitation efforts on parts of the country affected by super typhoon “Juan” unless the Palace identify the source of additional funds for the proposal.

Unless Malacañang has available funds, coming up with a supplemental budget to cover the damage brought by typhoon Juan is not feasible, senators said yesterday.

“That (proposition) is somewhat problematic. They (Malacanang) have to identify the source of present revenue to support the supplemental budget. We have no new taxes now so where will you draw up funds to support the supplemental budget? It has to be certified by the national treasury, the availability of funds,” Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said.

Sen. Edgardo Angara shared the position, adding that before any calls for a supplemental budget, the Executive Branch must first review records whether there remains some of the P11 billion additional appropriations Congress approved last year following the onslaught of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”

“We rushed the approval of that supplementary budget in Nov. last year. It’s possible that it was not released. That was a standby authorization. They can make use of it because it covers other calamity (cases). Because time is of the essence, we should carefully study if we can tap that standby authorization,” Angara said..... MORE

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