• Infra projects top priority of opposition lawmakers

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    Infrastructure projects will be the top priority of the so-called “Legitimate 8” in the House of Representatives for their constituents.

    In a news conference of the minority faction, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. said he and the seven other congressmen in the Legitimate 8 group would submit a list of projects such as farm-to-market roads, multipurpose buildings and water systems.

    “They want to validate [our projects]so they could prepare [funds]for the projects,” Baguilat added, referring to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that had instructed the group to present the list.

    Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, meanwhile, slammed reports that the proposed P3.35-trillion budget for 2017 included “pork barrel,” which had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

    The group’s project list does not fall under the post-budget enactment intervention that was practiced before by lawmakers and declared illegal by the Supreme Court, he said.

    According to Baguilat, it is a lawmaker’s responsibility to bring home development projects to his or her own district.

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