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Palace: Bigger CCT budget not a campaign kitty for 2013

Friday, June 22, 2012

Palace: Bigger CCT budget not a campaign kitty for 2013


Malacañang has shrugged off the accusation of an opposition legislator that the radical surge in the proposed 2013 budget for the government’s conditional cash transfer program (CCT) was suspicious and vulnerable to become an electoral fund of the administration.

Reacting to mediamen seeking a Palace statement on House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez’s allegation, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the proposed P45-billion budget for the CCT program next year had nothing to do with the 2013 mid-term elections.

In a text message, Valte likewise warded off Suarez’s fear of the possibility of the administration tapping the CCT funds to buy votes in next year’s political exercise.

Based on a genuine commitment to extend help directly to those who need it most, Valte said, the expanded Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) was expected to benefit 3.8 million poor families next year, up from the 3.1-million target beneficiary-families this year..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/nation/item/569-palace-bigger-cct-budget-not-a-campaign-kitty-for-2013

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