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Screwed twice over FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 12/03/2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Screwed twice over

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
12/03/2010
One truly wonders why Congress — both House and the Senate — bothers to spend time and effort to hold budget hearings and make the usual noises threatening to cut this or that item in the budget, when in the end, the two chambers always pass the national budget bill without any cuts at all.

The vote was 12 to 2, with only Senators Joker Arroyo and Alan Peter Cayetano giving the nay vote.

Since both chambers are wont to pass the budget anyway, as submitted, why bother to hold hearings and go into debates? Why not just pass the bill without any debates and scrutiny, since this will always be passed anyway as is, and with nary a cut?

The Senate Wednesday passed the budget bill without cuts, especially keeping the controversial conditional cash transfers (CCT) amounting to a huge P21 billion allotted to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) intact — this despite earlier interpellations of senators to the budget bill sponsor Frank Drilon, bringing up the many difficulties seen in the implementation of the CCT, along with the huge P4 billion allocation for 4,000 new hires of Dinky Soliman..... MORE

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