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Same time this year FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 09/19/2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Same time this year

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
09/19/2011
Predictably, the House of Representatives passed on second reading the 2012 national budget as is, and the way Malacañang wants it — no cuts with everything remaining as Noynoy says it should be.

Chances are high that the Senate will do the same, or at least, Noynoy allies will again resort to stating that the controversial items are to be resolved in the bicameral committee, which means that the budget will pass as is, because the Noynoy allies will be dominating the bicam and do nothing to resolve the controversial provisions, such as Noynoy’s control over the judiciary funds, as well as hiring funds of the other constitutional offices, despite its unconstitutional flavor.

But what if the majority of the senators, who are non-Liberal Party members, insist on questioning the budget and not moving to pass it?

If such becomes the scenario, the bill gets frozen in the Senate, which means that at a certain time, the old budget becomes operational, which may be just what Noynoy and his Butch Abad really want to happen, next year leading straight into an election year..... MORE

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