THE Senate on Tuesday, November 19, approved the proposed P8.2-billion budget of the Office of the President (OP) for 2020.
No one interpellated Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, sponsor of the OP’s budget, during the plenary session.
The approval followed Go’s assurance that he would safeguard the interests of the public by ensuring the proper check and balance between the legislative and the executive branches of government.
“Every centavo must be wisely spent to help and support the Filipino nation. It is the people’s money and it is just right that the government should give it back to them,” said Go in his sponsorship speech.
He said President Rodrigo Duterte had fulfilled the desire of Filipinos for a just and honest leader “by laying a governance platform that centered on fighting against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality.”
“Therefore, I have no doubt that President Duterte’s office is using its budget solely for the benefit of the Filipino people,” he stressed.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri moved to have the President’s budget deemed submitted and approved after no one stood up to question Go.
The Senate is expected to pass the proposed 2020 P4.1-trillion national budget on November 21.